George Soros is arguably the most successful hedge fund manager in the history of the world. He has played a key role in getting quite a bit of private capital strategy norms accepted and he has made a fortune that rivals some of the largest today. Now, he wants to use his wealth to create something more important than him. The core of all this is going to be the Open Society Foundation. He believes that the Open Society Foundation holds the key to making things better overall. We need a more connected globe and this is the way to do it.
The recent focus on philanthropy marks a departure from his recent withdrawal from politics. Soros was not pleased with the results of the 2004 election and since then he has focused on trying to find ways to change the current direction of politics and what it will produce. While there are others out there who are also involved in philanthropy, none are as focused as he is on globalization. It is the most important issue to Soros. He wants to see a world where people are able to define what they want out of life and what they believe is best for themselves. The move towards more open societies is what he seeks to create, but he wants more than many others do in the long run.
Conservatives seem to have a strange hatred of Soros and what he has done. Many of them are convinced that he is in fact trying to subvert democracy and free markets that defined America. They have created a strange image of a private capitalist who also wants to create communism without any coherent explanation behind it all. This certainly doesn’t speak to Soros or who he is, but it does say much about the right. They are trying to throw old antisemitic canards at him without necessarily mentioning his ethnicity. These aren’t anything to be impressed at or surprised. The idea that globalization is in fact part of some sort of plot to harm the west is seen in many attacks on it and it has been thoroughly debunked. We know for a fact that people are benefiting from globalization and that it is creating jobs and opportunities that otherwise wouldn’t exist. The benefits of globalization are too easy to see and it’s too obvious that society will want them no matter what.
George Soros is going to be remembered as one of the most prolific and well respected philanthropists out there. He has done much to help change the world and improve it, but this is one of his most ambitious goals yet. He wants to create world where we are able to connect to each other and conduct business as we wish. He knows that the Open Society Foundation is going to play a big role in that. $18 billion is certainly a lot of money, but he has never let that kind of thinking define his goals.
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