George Soros has established his names as one of the most successful American businessman. Apart from business, George Soros is also a philanthropist and uses his philanthropic organizations to influence various aspects of the society, mostly politics, education, and freedom of the media. His opinions on politics are mainly in the United States though he has had an influence on politics of other countries. It is no doubt that over the past two or three decades, he has had a strong influence on American politics and culture on Time. Besides business, philanthropy and politics, he is also an author on politics and finance.
Though he has lived in the United States for many years, he was born in Hungary to Tividar and Erzebat Schwartz on 12th August 1930. He was named Gyorgy Swartz but later changed to George Soros when he moved to England. His father was captured and became a prisoner of war in Russia but managed to escape and came back to his family. Though they were of Jewish descent, Soros was not keen on following the Jewish traditions at http://www.nytimes.com/topic/person/george-soros. Due to the ongoing war with the German Nazi in Hungary, his father decided to separate the family to reduce the chances of the being killed. At the age of 13, he was separated from his mother and two brothers and went to live with his father. In 1947, he migrated to England.
In the same year he moved to England, he joined the London School of Economics. It is there that he met Karl Popper, a philosopher who has had a great influence on his philanthropic activities on Biography. He studies Bachelor of Science in philosophy and later undertook a master degree in the same discipline.
After finishing his studies, George Soros did some casual work as a traveling salesman before joining Singer and Friedlander where he began his career in finance. While at Singer and Friedlander, he became an international arbitrage, a job that involved buying securities in one country and selling them in another. He did not get satisfied with what he was being paid so he applied for a job at F.M. Mayor, which was based in New York. He moved to New York in 1956 and worked at the firm as arbitrage trader and traded securities for the company on the Wall Street. He accepted moving to New York because he expected to raise about $500000 and then move back to England. However, this did not happen as he moved to Wertheimer & Co where he stayed till 1963. His proficiency with financial matter earned him the position of vice president at Arnhold and S. Bleichroeder Inc. It is at Arnhold and S. Bleichroeder Inc that he mastered his skills with the setting and running hedge funds. George Soros left the firm in 1973 to start his hedge company, the Soros Fund Management.
Though the Soros Fund Management has been his most successful venture, he is also known for his philanthropic gestures mostly through the Open Society Foundations that are spread in over 100 countries around the world.