George Soros – From Humble Beginnings To Global Influence

When George Soros was a young boy, growing up in Nazi Occupied Hungary, he had no idea that one day he would be one of the most powerful, influential, and richest men in the world. In those days, as a jew facing down the struggle of Nazi oppression, he was more interested in finding a safe place to hide, and how to fill his stomach with the limited resourced that were available. Fast forward more than 80 years and George Soros is a man who wants for nothing, and has found himself a driving force behind not only the financial success of countless endeavors, but behind political and social change all over the world, especially in his adopted home country of the United States. Learn more about his profile at

George is the head of Soros Fund Management, one of the most successful and respected fund management offices in the world. He runs the firm with his family, and has helped to grow it to a total asset holding of more than $30B. Like himself, his firm started with humble beginnings, growing out of a single fund that he started in 1969, now known as the Quantum Fund, with only $12M. Recently George Soros appointed a new CIO to head Soros Fund Management’s portfolio, in the form of Dawn Fitzpatrick. Fitzpatrick will be the seventh CIO of the firm in seventeen years, and Soros has noted, this is due to the desire to find the perfect fit for the position and thus ensure that the long track record of the firm’s success and excellence is maintained for many more years to come. Read his profile at Forbes.

In his personal life, Soros, one of the world’s wealthiest men, has devoted himself to the task of making the world a better place. He is a regular contributor to many charitable groups, works with humanitarian aid and human rights organizations all over the globe, and is highly active in social justice issues at home in the states. He is also a powerful and energetic ally of the democratic party in the United States, having been influential in the funding of many candidates’ campaigns and providing a wide range of support activities for key components of the progressive left platform, especially in terms of planks which support the protection of personal rights and freedoms, and concept very close to the heart of Soros.

George has worked with groups to help the impoverished and needy in Africa and Asia, by helping to reduce the stranglehold of economic oppression and lack of good health care and proper education. He has been bestowed many awards for his work with non-profits and philanthropic organizations, and takes great pride in his efforts to use his wealth and influence to bring about real change and betterment of the world.

George Soros started out humbly and even though he has wealth, influence, privilege, and power, he strives to remain humble. He is a great example for those who want to make a difference in the world.

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Thor Halvorssen Says He Goes Where The Trouble Leads Him

Thirty-nine year old human rights activist Thor Halvorssen comes from a long line of fearless leaders. The half Norwegian, half Venezuelan protector of human rights has seen a lot of disruption division and wrongdoings in his day. But, he is determined through his organization to shed light on abuses taking place all over the world.

Thor Halvorssen understands the difficulties and dangers of his job. His mother was shot at a protest, his father, who exposed government corruption in Venezuela is in prison, along with a cousin. He has had other friends and family members suffer the same fate simply for speaking out.

Halvorssen says he was called to do this, because he has it in his blood. Nothing deters him and he will go wherever the abuses take him.

A few years ago, he and a cameraman traveled all the way to Vietnam to interview the head of the country’s Buddhist church. Just when things seemed to be going well, his interview was abruptly stopped and thugs of the current regime beat him to a pulp. Luckily, his cameraman escaped uninjured and with the tape unharmed. “That was an experience I wouldn’t want to go through again,” says Halvorssen. “But, if that’s what it takes to expose corruption and abuse, I would.”

Although he has been roundly criticized over the years, Thor Halvorssen shakes it off. He says his detractors don’t want change. They are inclined to keep things exactly the same. Halvorssen says his organization will never give up. He says there are plenty of people all over the world who need to be exposed.

He is also doing everything he can to have political prisoners released from custody. “It’s not right to throw people in jail because you don’t agree with their stances,” said Halvorssen. “Unfortunately, it happens all the time.”