Hedge fund billionaire George Soros in his opinions about Republican Presidential front-runner, Donald Trump, in a recent interview with Francine Lacqua, editor at large and anchor for Bloomberg Television. Recalling his early days as an immigrant from Hungary after World War II, Mr. Soros exclaimed “now that I am a bit of a statesman, my loyalty is for the stateless people.” That statement is quite a sentiment, since Mr. Soros, who is listed number fourteen on Forbes 400 with a net worth of 24.5 billion dollars, would have valid reason to have forgotten his humble beginnings. Yet this seems to be far from the truth as Mr. Soros speaks candidly against the words and ideas of exclusion and rejection being voiced by Donald Trump.
George Soros’s statement that the days of ISIS are marked, (as Syrian and Iraqi governments take back territory previously lost to the terrorist group) and Mr. Trump’s rhetoric is only “doing the work of ISIS” sent tidal waves of online and broadcast chatter across the political and economic landscape. Yet Mr. Soros does not stand solitary in his assessments that marginalizing Muslims only supplies fuel to the ISIS’s terroristic machinations. Forecasting Hilary Clinton in a landslide victory in the general election, Mr. George Soros who is known for his liberal views in politics and investing, gave similar critical analysis to Ted Cruz and others in the Republican race for the White House.
Mr. Soros will be remembered as one of the world’s most successful financiers. His economic forecasts have the power to affect Wall Street numbers as does his political observations turn conservatives on their heels. Yet there is one arena in which it is hard to disagree with Mr. Soros, and that is in the establishment of the Open Society Foundation in 1979 which supports scholarships to Eastern European dissidents and also black students at the University of Cape Town in South Africa. Using his success, George Soros is able to take a controversial stand for those who would otherwise be silenced by broken political and economic structures. The mission of the foundation is to “build vibrant and tolerant societies whose governments are accountable and open to the participation of all people” reflects the true nature of this immigrant to billionaire statesman – from his own life of repression and struggle evolves an unflinching commitment to an democracy.
The Open Society Foundation now operates in more than 100 countries, working to promote the values of human rights and government transparency. With numerous articles and essays on the European Union, politics and economics, there is little doubt that George Soros will continue to speak candidly against the type of close-minded bigotry that seems to emanate so easily from those we expect to protect and lead our country into a shifting world.