Hedge fund Manager and Philanthropist, George Soros was born "Gyorgy Schwartz" in Budapest, Hungary to a non-observant Jewish family. In 1936, the family changed its name to Soros due to increasing anti-Semitism. He appears to have officially changed his name to George Soros. Soros migrated to England in 1947, and earned a Bachelor's degree from the London School of Economics in 1952. Moved to New York City, New York in 1956 and worked as an Arbitrage Trader at F. M. Mayer. In 1959, he was ...Contact us to see more Biography
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Since 1994, Soros reportedly contributed at least $80 million to marijuana legalization efforts in the U.S. His donations towards legalizing marijuana were not direct and instead made through a connection of non-profits that organized movements to legalize the drug. The movements, which looked mostly public-funded, were actually backed by billionaires like Soros.Contact us to see more Interesting Facts
Interests, Passion, Hobbies
Kind of Interests, Passion and Hobbies: Writing
Description: Has authored more than 14 best-selling books on various topics including investing, business, politics, economics, globalization, philanthropy, and open societies.
Kind of Interests, Passion and Hobbies: Philosophy
Description: Interested in philosophy with many ideas borrowed from philosopher Karl Popper. Before graduating from the London School of Economics with a degree in Philosophy in 1952, Soros studied Karl Popper's work in the philosophy of science.
Kind of Interests, Passion and Hobbies: Health and Wellness - Exercise
Description: Reportedly works out regularly at Sitaras Fitness, a fitness center at Manhattan, New York.
Giving Profile: Founder and Chairman of The Open Society Foundations, an organization which operates as the parent entity of various private foundations and philanthropic offices including Foundation to Promote Open Society, Open Society Institute, Open Society Fund, and Iris Foundation. Soros is Chair Director at the Foundation to Promote Open Society. In 2014, the foundation had more than $5 billion in assets and donated more than $400 million; gives primarily to international giving's, community development, social and human services, health and education causes. Notable recipients include Namati, Millennium Promise Alliance, New York Community Trust and Media Development Investment Fund. Serves as Trustee Chair at the Open Society Institute. In 2015, the foundation had more than $2.6 billion in assets and donated more than $30 million; gives primarily to social and human services, community development, and educational causes. Founder and Director of the Soros Fund Charitable Foundation. In 2015, the foundation had assets exceeding $50 million and donated more than $19 million; gives primarily to educational, environmental, and religious causes. Since 1979, Soros has given more than $8 billion to human rights, education, and public health groups. Supports diverse causes including clean-needle clinics in California and scientific research in Russia to helping the Roma or Gypsies in Eastern Europe. Soros reportedly gave $30 million to help black and Hispanic youth of New York City, New York. Through his Open Society Foundations, he has contributed $1.7 billion to human rights causes and to help promote democracy. Also appears to have donated $1.6 billion towards education. In 2010, Soros personally donated $100 million to Human Rights Watch and $60 million to Bard College. Between 2010 and 2014, he had donated around $246 million to about hundreds of pro-abortion groups, focusing on women's rights and gender equality, such as Center for Reproductive Rights, MoveOn.org, Human Rights Campaign, American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), Human Rights Watch and Planned Parenthood among others. He reportedly supported the legalization of marijuana in order to promote open society in the U.S. by donating more than $80 million through his foundation since 1994; donated around $4 million annually through the Drug Policy Alliance, a non-profit organization which fights to end drug wars in the U.S. He has also donated to the American Civil Liberties Union and the Marijuana Policy Project, which supported marijuana legalization. In January 2016, Soros pledged to donate $2 million to the University of Connecticut to support its Human Rights Institute. In September 2016, Soros pledged to invest $500 million in startups, established companies, social initiatives, and businesses started by refugees and migrants all over the world.Contact us to see more Philanthropy
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