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, was hired ...Contact us to see more Biography
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In the last quarter of 2014, Soros Fund Management reportedly reduced its stake in the Rio de Janeiro, Brazil-based multinational energy company Petrobras by more than 50% following the company's investigations regarding alleged bribery schemes. The hedge fund reportedly also sold its entire stake in Brazilian aircraft manufacturer Embraer and in Brazilian telecommunications company Tim Participacoes, a subsidiary of Telecom Italia.Contact us to see more Interesting Facts
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Kind of Interests, Passion and Hobbies: Philanthropy
Description: High-profile philanthropist has donated more than $8 billion to charitable causes around the world.
Kind of Interests, Passion and Hobbies: Writing
Description: Has written 14 non-fiction books.
Kind of Interests, Passion and Hobbies: Human Rights
Description: Supports human rights and has a liberal ideology. Supported the anti-communism revolutions in Eastern Europe, including the one in Hungary. Soros organized a fundraiser at his Florida home to support the Innocence Project, a public policy organization to release wrongfully convicted individuals and to reform the criminal justice system to prevent future injustice.
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 2013, the foundation had more than $3.3 billion in assets and donated more than $390 million; gives primarily to international givings, 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. Soros also serves as Trustee Chair at the Open Society Institute. In 2013, the foundation had more than $1.5 billion in assets and donated more than $250 million; gives primarily to social and human services, community development, and educational causes. Soros is also Founder and Director of the Soros Fund Charitable Foundation. In 2013, the foundation had assets exceeding $280 million and donated more than $8 million. The foundation gives primarily to educational, environmental, and religion causes. Since 1979, Soros has given $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. 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.Contact us to see more Philanthropy
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