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George Soros Biography and Leadership Skills

George Soros was born in 1930 August 12 in Budapest, Hungary. He was born n a Jewish family, and in his early life, he experienced firsthand intolerance at the Nazi occupation n 1944-5 which lead to the murder of about 500,000 Jewish people. Somehow, his family was able to escape the victimization by securing false identification papers, therefore canceling their entire background. Soros, therefore, started experiencing his philanthropic calling, when his family helped several other families to save lives by securing false documents.

In 1947, Soros moved to London to study at the London school of economics. Since he did not have enough money to support his studies, he would work as a part-time railway porter and nightclub waiter. After his successful research, he migrated to the United States in 1956 and entered into the world of investments and finance, as his starting point to make a fortune.

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Through his innovative and creative mind, George launched his hedge fund and named it Soros Fund Management, which leads him to become the most successful investor in the United States history. Through these efforts, he was able to create an open society foundation, which is a network of partners, projects, and organizations in over 100 countries. Through the open society foundation, Soros has been able to give about $12 billion in his philanthropic experience.

After founding the foundation, in 1984, Soros started to influence the lives of many by entering in the education world and bringing hope again to the fainting hearts. His philanthropic activities involved independent media, education, justice, business development and public health. Soros interest is in around person and therefore anything that requires a human nature and development, you will find his hand in there for assistance. Read more at The New York Times about George.

His foundation works in close collaboration with regions that are affected by the natural disaster as well as establishing the after school programs to ensure that everyone gets equal rights and opportunities to succeed. Soros has also been on the forefront in the war against drugs across the United States. Soros has also been very vocal on the issues of extent criminalization and has also been very useful in the recent 1992 UK crisis.

George Soros is a proficient author who has written several titles on the financial market issues and also his humanitarian projects. Through his career, George has educated several black kids and ensured they have a living in the ever developing and growing market. In the year 2015 at the age of 85 years, Soros was named as one of the leanings and richest men in the world with a net worth of about $26 billion. His efforts in supporting the human nature have led him to become the most vocal person around the globe. Know more on cnbc.com about George Soros.

DeVos and a Legacy of Philanthropy

Of the many individuals and organizations that contribute to philanthropic causes, it’s no rare occurrence to find wealthy investors and their families taking an invested role in charities and angel investing that mirror their moral convictions and passions that are aimed towards bettering society, both locally and at large.

The DeVos family’s current philanthropic efforts seem to stem primarily from Dick DeVos, who, with a net worth of $5 billion is one of the wealthiest Americans in the United States. With access to this wealth, it’s not a surprise that Richard, along with his wife Helen, has established the Dick and Betsy DeVos Foundation, based out of their home state of Michigan, which focuses primarily on educational reform. Outside of this specific focus, the DeVos family has also invested a great deal of money and attention in socially conservative causes.

Of all the socially conservative recipients of their donations, religious groups seem to be a favorite, including parochial schools, Christian youth groups and charities that promote faith across the state of Michigan. One of the better known organizations they donate to is Focus on the Family, which is also involved with political conservatives. And it’s politics that seem to interest them most, influencing political campaigns through policy groups like the American Enterprise Institute, the Heritage Foundation and Freedomworks, all which promote conservative values and right-leaning policy. On his own, Dick DeVos has financially supported political candidates like Newt Gingrich and Rick Santorum during their bids for Republican nomination for president.

Dick DeVos has had a diverse career in business that has taken him to disparate positions as a manager and executive in companies in different markets across the country. Between 1993 to 2002, after three years as President and CEO of the Orlando Magic, DeVos was President of Amway, coordinating business efforts in 50 countries all over the world, managing sales in excess of $4.5 billion. During DeVos’ time at the company, operations for Amway expanded internationally which led to higher earnings before he left to pursue his own business.

In his personal life, DeVos has been an advocate for educational reforms, and has done so through charitable organizations like Education Freedom Fund, which has awarded thousands of scholarships to students in need across the state of Michigan.