George Soros, Philanthropist and Much, Much More

According to Forbes, George Soros is the number 10 highest earning hedge fund manager in the world. He is the 19th richest man in the world. He has stated recently that he will invest and support refugees arriving in Europe with five hundred million dollars’ worth of investments in new companies that are started by refugees. George Soros is a man who puts his money where his heart is, and his heart has always been with the downtrodden and forgotten people in the world.

He had donated three million dollars to a political action committee that wanted to help Hispanic voters to mobilize and get out the vote. Because of his upbringing, Mr. Soros has a reason for helping the poor, the destitute, and the refugees of bad times and political management.

He was a refugee, himself. He left Budapest in war-torn, Nazi-occupied Hungary when he was but a child. His father colluded with others to hide the fact that they were Jewish, and they made their way into hiding until the Nazis were no more. He left Hungary in 1947 and went to the United Kingdom, where he went to school and studied economics. Shortly after graduation from college, Mr. Soros was on his way to becoming an investor to be reckoned with. Read more on Snopes about George Soros

According to Discover the Networks, George Soros is one of the most politically powerful individuals in the world. It is said that George Soros has toppled governments and is now the most politically influential man in the United States.

The Discover the Networks article says that George Soros considers himself a savior, as it were, of the poor and the unguided. Read more about George’s life story at biography.com.

Indeed, Mr. Soros has given to more charities, and donated more to charities, than any person in the world, living or dead. He had given to groups to help topple the communist regimes in Eastern Europe, and has with those countries trying to come to terms with their new ideals of democracy and liberty after the collapse of the Soviet Union. George Soros, like we said, and as was stated in Forbes, does not mess around with saying something: he actually does something about it.

He has started charities, and then donated tens of millions of dollars to the charities. Yes, George Soros may be disliked by some, and feared by others. But, Mr. Soros has their undying respect and admiration for being a true leader and a man of his times.

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Thor Halvorssen Speaks Out Against Nicki Minaj’s Angola Concert

Outspoken human rights advocate and film producer Thor Halvorssen sent a personal communication to rapper Nicki Minaj imploring her to cancel an upcoming concert in Angola. As president of the Human Rights Foundation (HRF), Thor Halvorssen states the dictator, Jose Eduardo dos Santos’ “policy to harass, imprison or kill politicians, journalists and activists who protest his rule,” as the reason for the boycott. Yet a $2 million dollar payment seems t have been hard to resist – as the show certainly did go on as scheduled. Despite the country’s extreme poverty, according to HRF, the dictator has gained a fortune exploiting Angola’s diamond and oil wealth.

Nicki Minaj herself grew up in extreme poverty on the Southside of Jamaica Queens, New York. Trusting that she would have an empathetic ear towards the plight of the people of Angola, Mr. Halvorssen reached out to Ms. Minaj in hopes of bringing attention to the country’s human rights indifference. Not to be singled out though, as Halvorssen points out, many other big name celebs continue to profit from performances in countries that are led by brutal regimes.

The Human Rights Foundation was founded by Halvorssen in 2005, yet he has been advocating for the rights of underprivileged societies since 1989 with loud opposition to South African apartheid. Graduating Phi Beta Kappa and magna cum laude from the University of Pennsylvania did not shield him from suffering first hand the unfairness of political structures that seek to silence the peoples they govern and misuse their power. His father, a diplomat, was falsely accused and suffered torture in a Venezuelan jail, while his mother was shot while attending a peaceful political protest.

The HRF has successfully participated in attaining the release of seven dissidents, and has provided crucial information for major international human rights cases. They follow an untiring mission of freedom for individuals in closed societies rooted in a deep commitment to individual liberty in those areas that are most under threat. While the lure of a cash windfall for performances in countries such as these may seem harmless, imagine the spotlight to human suffering Nicki Minaj and others could bring in the fight against impoverishment.