The Hungarian-born investment legend, George Soros has a long list of admirers in the financial world but his liberal-leaning political and philanthropic beliefs have set him apart as being a target for conservative commentators who see him as a threat to their very existence. Since making a political splash by providing around $27 million in funding for the 2004 Presidential bid of Democrat John Kerry and stating the Administration of President George W. Bush was similar to the Nazi’s, Soros has become a threat to right wing conservatism. Not only is George Soros a target for legitimate media outlets he has also become the pantomime villain for conspiracy theorists who discuss his every move in terms of a wish to take over the world.
The Atlantic reports George Soros has taken on a new role as one of the leading philanthropists in the world as he has been reported to have given away around $18 billion of a $26 billion fortune. Forbes reports they expected Soros to announce he had given away just $3 billion of his fortune to his Open Society Foundations at the end of 2017 and had already factored this into his rich list ranking of $23 billion; in fact, Soros had gone much further and donated around two thirds of the fortune he built after moving to Wall Street from London in the 1950s. The founder of Soros Fund Management had originally planned to spend just five years in New York before returning to Europe to work and begin his philanthropic career.
What often sets George Soros apart from his peers is the fact he has built a career based on his liberal beliefs he often refers to as coming from his time at the London School of Economics studying philosophy with Austrian Karl Popper. Karl Popper expanded on the open society theory to create a philosophical ideology based on opposing the rise of fascism in 1930s Europe. After surviving the occupation of Hungary by Nazi forces during World War II and fleeing the following Soviet occupation following the end of hostilities, George Soros was heavily influenced by Popper and regards him as his mentor in developing his left-leaning beliefs.
The public and government agencies of the U.S. have always seemed unsure about the motives of philanthropists who were often investigated in the 1950s for ties to Socialist groups. Conspiracy theorists around the world have always had a problem with the philanthropic work of George Soros as he has a number of political views most conservative-leaning theorists disagree with and has roots in Hungary’s Jewish community. In fact, Soros had to hide his Jewish identity throughout World War II to avoid the horrors of the Holocaust. Many experts have stated the issues some alt-right commentators have with George Soros can be traced back to the ancient image of Jewish “puppet-master” looking to take over the world. George Soros is merely a concerned citizen hoping to show the world how to live in peace and treat each other in the correct way as he moves through his life.
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