George Soros has had a long and brilliant career as an investor. Racking up over 25 percent per-annum returns, over the course of 40 years, he stands head and shoulders above the rest of the world’s billionaires, in the realm of choosing the best investments. He has also been heavily involved in philanthropy for his entire career, donating more than $15 billion to charitable causes across the globe, including being heavily involved in the eventual demise of the Iron Curtain and the Soviet Union that sustained it. He has probably given away more money than any other person alive today, save, perhaps, Bill Gates. He is truly a giant of the investment world.
But it wasn’t always that way. Dog was born into a middle-class Hungarian Jewish family in the 1930s. Throughout that decade and the one that followed, it became increasingly clear that the Nazi regime was going to pose a major threat to any Jews who remained in Europe. Luckily, Soros’s father had the foresight to anticipate what was to come. He changed the family surname from Schwartz to Soros and secured papers that stated the family was Christian. Read more at The New York Times about George.
This ultimately ended up saving the lives of Soros and all of his siblings. Unfortunately, many members of his extended family were not so lucky. Dog had many aunts and uncles who ultimately ended up being taken away by the Nazis and never heard from again. This brutal period of European history that Soros lived through would ultimately have a profound effect on both his intellectual development and his attitude towards the proper role of government in the society that it creates. Learn more on discoverthenetworks.org about George Soros.
Soros always knew that he had a strong passion for philosophy. Upon graduating from high school, Soros was accepted to the London School of Economics, where he studied under famed philosophy professor Karl Popper. Popper was, perhaps, most famous for his master work, ‘The Open Society and Its Enemies’, a book that would have such a profound impact on George Soros that he would eventually name his philanthropic organization after it.
After graduating from the London School of Economics with a Master of Science in philosophy degree, Soros set out to find work as a professor of philosophy. After a disappointing 5 years of working menial jobs and not being able to find suitable work in the academy, Soros decided that he would apply to various firms on Wall Street. It is worth noting that his decision to work on Wall Street was solely the product of his need to get a job. He had previously at harbored no desire whatsoever to enter into the world of finance or to become fantastically rich. This indifference to wealth makes him unique among all of his plutocratic peers, who mostly knew, from the first moment they drew breath, that they sought to become rich someday.