George Soros Continues Lifelong Fight against Dangerous Governments

America is the land of opportunity, and nobody proves this more than George Soros. You may know him as the 86-year-old billionaire financier of liberal political causes. But the story of George Soros starts many decades ago at the dawn of World War II in Budapest, Hungary.

That’s where George Soros was born in 1930. Hitler was rising to power and the Soros family was Jewish in Hungary. As Hitler started to attack surrounding countries, the father of George Soros moved quickly to secure alternative identification papers. These papers allowed the Soros family to go undetected during the Nazi occupation of Hungary. Many other Hungarian Jews were not as lucky as more than 500,000 were exterminated while George was just a teenager.

This gave George Soros valuable experience in worldwide politics. He had front row seats to authoritarian rhetoric and fascism. It was then that he declared war on out of control governments, although it would take decades for him to fight back.

At the conclusion of the war, the Soros family had very little. They were able to muster up just enough money to seek asylum in London. The entire family had to pick up jobs in order to survive. George would work as a railway reporter and a waiter in order to pay his way through the prestigious London School of Economics. It is astounding that he got into such a prized school as a refugee. It is a testament to his intelligence.

After graduating, George was able to get a job at a merchant bank. Meanwhile, mainland Europe was under turmoil as the Russians claimed half the continent. Communist governments began to pop up all over Europe while George Soros watched in horror.

He would be able to whip up more than $12 million to start his own hedge fund in New York City. He became a United States immigrant, pulled himself up by his bootstraps and turned that $12 million to more than $25 billion of personal wealth. He had one outstanding day on the market where he earned the nickname the man who broke the Bank of England. He would short the British pound to make over $1 billion in a single day.

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After building his massive empire, George Soros established the Open Society Foundations.

It was 1979 and communism was in full swing. His organization helped to topple communist governments while eating citizens in a transition toward democratic life.

Now he is using his money to oppose the authoritarian presidency of Donald Trump. Trump must feel uncomfortable as a man more valuable than him is fighting against him. George Soros will never stop fighting for transparency, equality and truthfulness in government no matter where the flight leads.

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