George Soros is a self-made billionaire according to his profile on Forbes.com. Though born in the country of Hungary his story is as American as they come. Starting from the scrap heaps of railroad work Soros worked his way into a position representing a finance company. It did not take long for him to open his own financing firm, which is now known as Quantum Fund, in 1969.
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According to the site Discover the Networks prior to starting Quantum Fund Soros attended the London School of Economics where he was introduced to the philosophy of Karl Popper. Popper would have a large influence on Soros and his worldview.
The worldview was that of a so called “open society” which was founded on universal principles meant to better mankind. It was this agenda that Soros would seek to fulfill for the rest of his life.
Once Soros got into politics he began to put his open society worldview into practice. He longed to ally with a candidate who shared his views so that he could remake this world to be what he envisioned it should become. According to the article “The Shared Agendas of George Soros and Barrack Obama” written by Discover the Networks Soros was originally going to back Hillary Clinton in the 2008 presidential campaign, that is until future President Barrack Obama showed great promise in being elected to this country’s highest office. Learn more about his profile at businessinsider.com
The article continues by stating why Soros was so keen on this alliance. To paraphrase the article George Soros found a politician who was his twin on ethics, values, and social issues. It is hard to tell where Soros’ values end and Obama’s begin. Soros hosted several fundraisers for Obama both while he was Senator and also to help him secure the office of President.
HSoros social exploits were not only reserved for politics but also in the realm of social justice. According to another article on Discover the Networks entitled “Organizations Funded by George Soros and His Open Society Foundations” Soros has donated to over 150 non-profit organizations who have promised to spread justice and peace throughout the world.
George Soros has given his life to securing a world that betters each and every individual person. We will never know the vast impact his life has had on this world. His deeds are too many and too great to count. One thing we can know for sure though is that we all should approach this man and thanks him for being on this earth and dedicating his life to the great cause of humanity. George Soros established the Open Society Foundations.
The money Dick DeVos and his Family Foundation have given through humanitarian missions to date is estimated to be about $139 million. In the year 2015 alone, the family contributed $104 million to nonprofits and charities making it be placed 24th on the list of America’s Top Givers published by Forbes Magazine. Out of these, Dick gave out about $11.6 million. No other wealthy family from West Michigan has given as much as they have done. This is in keeping with the long tradition of providing that the families from sides, the Netherlands where Madam Betsy has her roots, and the US where Mr. Dick lives, have established over their lifetimes.
Whereas undue attention might be directed at the vast sums they also set aside for political causes, it is clear that education is the top priority in their donations. In the recent past, 2015, educational causes have received more than$ 3 million from the family largesse, which accounted for 26 percent of the entire sums they donated that year. Improvement of learning environments and helping the poor acquire quality education forms a major part their activities. According to the couple, the current American system of learning to a great measure does not reflect the American Dream. They want to empower undeserving and underprivileged children to attain meaningful life through decent education. Dick DeVos emphasizes the right of every child to be taught by skilled educators in every institution.
In 2013, Dick DeVos funneled out thousands of dollars to the following schools and colleges; Rehoboth Christian School in New Mexico, Detroit Charter School Company New Urban Learning, Compass College of Cinematic Arts in Grand Rapids, West Michigan Aviation Academy, Dick DeVos’ alma mater Northwood University in Midland, and Potter’s House in Wyoming. The publication of the beneficiaries is an effort at transparency in donating for worthy causes. It is also proof that all contributions by the Foundation fulfill the criteria expected of organizations that support charities. The charter schools the family supports cater mainly to the economically disadvantaged students in those localities. The couple also supports Arts & Culture, and in 2015, they gave $2.4 million towards instilling high-quality managements in arts. The DeVoses never attach any conditions to what they give, and their interest is not limited to schools alone. Other areas in which their donations go include; health and human Services, churches, leadership development, and community welfare.
Dick DeVos has been part of the family business, Amway Corporation, from 1974. He has held many executive positions in many of its international branches. He is also a founder and President of Windquest Group, and he manages the NBA’s Orlando Magic Basketball franchise. Dick is a big political player in Michigan