The quote of Martin Luther King Jr., “An injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere,” from “The Letter From The Birmingham Jail” that he wrote April 16, 1963, encompasses a depth of meaning that fully encompasses the philosophy of George Soros. His philanthropic endeavors influenced by the writings of Sir Karl Raimund Popper reveal that he is a man of courage, determination, humility, and principle. In 1984 he established the Open Society Foundations the purpose of which is to bring to the realization of the world “that no ideology owns the truth, and that societies can flourish only when they operate freely and openly and maintain respect for individual rights.” The epiphany he experienced after studying Popper’s “The Open Society and Its Enemies” still motivates the focus of his actions today. Learn more about his profile at Forbes.com
Gyorgy Schwartz spent the better part of his youth in a societal era fraught with anti-Semitic sentiment and persecution fueled by the spread of the Nazism in his native Hungary. The hostility of the environment was such that his father, Tividar Schwartz, was forced to change the surname of his family from Schwartz to Soros in an effort to protect them. The subsequent devastation of World War II led to George Soros immigrating to England in 1947. There he enrolled in the London School of Economics and Political Science. While there he had the opportunity to study “The Open Society and its Enemies” by Sir Karl Raimund Popper Austrian-British philosopher of science and professor. The study of Popper’s writing deeply impressed George Soros. He came to the realization “that no ideology owns the truth, and that societies can flourish only when they operate freely and openly and maintain respect for individual rights.” He graduated from the London School of Economics and Political Science with a Master’s Degree in Philosophy in 1952.
In 1956 George Soros traveled to New York and began a career as a financial professional on Wall Street. The wealth of knowledge and expertise gained during nearly two decades in the finance industry George Soros decided to establish his own hedge fund. The fund originally bore his surname but was renamed the Quantum Fund Endowment. Under the leadership of Soros, the growth of fund grew exponentially from its initial $12 million dollar seed investment to its valuation of billions today. Read more about George at The New York Times.
At nearly 87 years of age, George Soros says, “I have been given the opportunity to forge my own path to make the world more open, more just, and more equitable for all.” The Open Society Foundations Organization fights for health concerns, provided funding for thousands of marginalized students to obtain an education, and helps other charitable organizations worldwide. George Soros fights the good fight.