The Hungarian born investment specialist George Soros has become one of the world’s leading political figures over the course of the last two decades after becoming a leading donor to liberal and Democratic candidates and causes. Soros has taken a liberal view for the majority of his life after living for a prolonged period of time under the rule of a series of dictatorships following the occupation of Hungary by the Nazi’s during World War II and the Communist regime of Joseph Stalin; in the 21st century Soros has largely focused on his own charitable Open Society Foundations and ignored political giving until a series of global events led to Soros making a $25 million investment in the 2016 U.S. Presidential election cycle. Learn more about George at Biography.
George Soros made his initial political splash as a donor during the 2004 election season when his $27 million in donations to the campaign of Democrat John Kerry made him the hero of the left and a polarizing figure for those on the right of the political spectrum; during the election campaigns run by President Barrack Obama, George Soros decided to remove himself from the issues of major donors being giving a major level of political influence for parties on both the right and left of U.S. politics. Politico reports Soros himself believes the political influence of major donors has grown to great and should be curbed by bringing an end to the Citizen’s United Supreme Court decision; in a bid to achieve this aim, George Soros has become one of the supporters of the “End Citizen’s United” PAC that limits its donors to a maximum donation of just $5,000. In 2016, George Soros began to view the global political situation as in a delicate state that required a large amount of work and the correct politicians to take up positions of power across portions of Europe and North America. George Soros believed Democrat and former secretary of State Hillary Clinton was the correct person to take on the challenges of a rising far right influence on global politics because of the policies she was to put into place before the victory of Republican Donald J. Trump. Read more on NYTimes.com
Soros himself has always kept a close eye on the issues facing refugees and the dispossessed across the world, which has led to the recent Syrian refugee crisis affecting the European Union in a negative way. As a 17 year old, George Soros left his home in Hungary to travel to the U.K. to attend the London School of Economics where the financial career of the hedge fund icon led to the Hungarian born 86 year old building a personal fortune of an estimated $26 billion, according to Forbes.