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How George Soros’ Philanthropy has transformed the World

George Soros is a finance and investment professional who has accumulated a lot of money from investing in the hedge fund industry and currency speculations. The businessman was born in Hungary to a humble family. He has worked hard and has become one of the wealthiest people in the United States. Soros is committed to bettering the world and has given more than $2 billion to support charity work across the globe. The contribution that he has made has greatly assisted in fighting for freedom of speech, transparency in governments, justice, and equality. Soros owns a nonprofit organization that he has been using to improves the lives of the people who are discriminated by their communities.

George Soros was among the Jews who lived in Hungary. When he was still young, the country was facing a crisis, and all the Jews who lived there were highly oppressed. In the 1940s the natives of the land created the Nazi Occupation whereby they had declared war on the Jewish community that was in Hungary. They fought from 1944 to 1945 and more than 500,000 Jews were killed in the war. Soros strived to support the people of his community to survive the war by helping them to secure fake Hungarian identities. Visit Project Syndicate to learn more about George.

Two years after the end of the Nazi Occupation, Soros had a chance to move to London where he enrolled to study finance at the London School of Economics. His hard work enabled him to perform well in the school, and he graduated with excellent grades. George depended on himself when he was living in London. He had to work as at a railway and nightclub to raise enough money for his education. After completing his college education, he flew to the U.S to seek for opportunities in the finance world. He penetrated the industry swiftly and raised sufficient funds to establish a hedge fund company after a few years. His firm is called Soros Fund Management, and it makes billions of dollars every year.

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The billionaire has supported communities across the globe for the past four decades. He has various ideologies that can transform the world and has been implementing them through the Open Society Foundation. The charity foundation has established itself in about 100 countries. It has introduced several initiatives that ensure communities across the globe have freedom of speech.

Soros has also been making significant contributions to the political world. He believes that forming transparent governments is the first step to improving the world. The billionaire is one of the Americans who have donated a lot of money to support the undertakings of the Democratic Party. He actively participated funding in the presidential bids of the Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama. Read more about George’s life story at biography.com

Disrupting The Staus Quo In Education

With the exception of those living under a rock, you’ve probably at least heard of our nation’s newest Secretary of Education, Betsy DeVos. When I first heard of DeVos, I was intrigued to research her background, and find out for myself exactly what she stands for and what her background entails. I was surprised to find a wealth of experience in not only advocating for children, but also for empowering artists, fighting cancer and a long standing history of experience and activism. Philanthropy through the Dick and Betsy DeVos Family Foundation is very prominent and focuses on community, education, arts, justice and leadership.

Betsy DeVos is passionate about education, and her credentials are reflective of such. She is chairman of the American Federation for Children, the nations largest school choice advocacy group, and also serves on the board of the Foundation for Excellence in Education. She has not only served as an advocate for children and parent’s having a choice in education, she has served and spearheaded many mentor programs and even motivated her husband to start a public charter high school called the West Michigan Aviation Academy, encouraging vocational and technical education, giving student’s a chance to excel to new levels previously thought nearly impossible. DeVos believes nobody should be limited by their zip code in order to access quality education and an environment in which they will thrive rather than succomb to whatever the locality chooses to provide at its convenience. Read more news on nytimes.com.

Ms. DeVos’ political career began long ago by volunteering for President Ford. She has since been influential in many Republican leadership roles, political action committees, and has also been elected at the state level in Michigan four times to serve on the Republican National Committee. DeVos has also served on the Board of Trustees for the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, a perfect fit as she is passionate about art and design. She also has hosted ArtPrize, which is an international art competition in Grand Rapids. Ms. DeVos is not only a well rounded leader, she also makes time for focusing on her family, grandchildren and spirituality. A self described “disruptor,” she is ready to take on Washington and bring our educational system back to first place. She is more than equipped, and up for the challenge!

Visit Betsy’s website at betsydevos.com