George Soros was not always the incredibly wealthy and successful businessman that he is today. Now, Soros is considered one of the richest individuals on the planet and currently serves as the Chair of Soros Fund Management, one of the most successful hedge funds in the world. He has been responsible for creating a personal fortune that has surpassed almost every other. With all of these resources, George Soros has explained in interviews with the press that he feels compelled to do something positive to make an impact on the world. For Soros, this means taking a strong stand against the violation of the rights of immigrants and people who have been persecuted by their own governments. As such, Soros has been increasingly involved in politics in the U.S. by funding campaigns of candidates that support liberal and progressive causes. Outside of the U.S., Soros has been involved in incredible philanthropic efforts through his Open Society Foundations. They now have a presence in the majority of countries around the world and work diligently to promote freedom for people everywhere and transparency from governments. One of the core principles of the Open Society Foundations is that the best way to uphold the common good is to have open access to information and the free exchange of ideas without fear of reprisal.
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The Open Society Foundations take on a variety of causes throughout the world. For example, after the fall of the Berlin Wall and the defeat of communism, Soros opened the Central European University in the hopes of fostering critical thinking and open discussions among people interested in educating themselves and protecting their individual rights. One major component of the Open Society Foundation is attorneys and other legal professionals who defend refugee rights or help individuals who are being wrongfully held by governments as political prisoners.
Another herculean effort by the Open Society Foundations has been to fund scholarship opportunities for students all over the world who would not otherwise have access to any higher education. Through promoting education and literacy, the Open Society Foundations are enabling and empowering people to be capable of holding their governments accountable and fighting back against oppression. According to Soros, part of having a vibrant democracy that is tolerant of individual rights and is able to have staying power, is to enable citizens to fight for their own rights. Part of making that happen is to have an educated electorate, which cannot be so easily manipulated by the government. As Soros has spoken about frequently, an educated population is a great defense to authoritarian rule.
Perhaps even more immediate than fulfilling the educational needs of the people is the necessity of providing adequate medical care. The Open Society Foundations are responsible for numerous public health initiatives around the world, including fighting for more government accountability in providing for public health care. The Open Society Foundations go further than simply doling out medical supplies, they support changes in government policies to provide access to health care for all.