George Soros is an investor, philanthropist, author, and a businessman born on August 12, 1930. He has two nationalities; an American and a Hungarian. He is one of the most successful investors in the world with a net worth of $25.2 billion. Born in Budapest to a Jewish family and later moved to England after 17 years. George Soros attended school at the London School of Economics where he graduated with a bachelor and masters in philosophy. His source of wealth is the Soros Fund management. Some of the core funding areas of the Soros Fund Management are humanitarian efforts, democratic ideals, education, economic development, and policy reform.
The Open Society Foundations
George Soros is one of the most famous philanthropists who funds different foundations that support individuals and organizations. His main aim is to fight for transparency, freedom of expression, accountable government, and the need to promote equality and justice. He seeks to support groups of people pushed to the margin of the mainstream society. Some of these people include sex workers, LGBTI people, and drug users. The Open Society Foundations is a network of partners, projects, and foundations in more than a hundred countries. In Soros book Open Society and Its Enemies, Karl Popper argues that philosophies or ideologies cannot be the final truth. He argues further that freedom of speech, democratic governance and the respect for individual rights are the main drives for the success in societies.
Business Insider about George Soros Becoming the Boogeyman of the Right
For more than twenty years, George Soros has been one of the most shocking conspiracy theories. George Soros has become a Rorschach test because of his success and accomplishments. People consider him a puppet master who controls politics and the global economy. He bet wisely against the pound in the early 1990s leading to the breaking of the monetary system of England. This bet earned him more than one billion dollars. All highlighted in the Forbes Billionaires List.
He later took a similar step of betting during the Asian Financial Crisis. As a result, he faced accusations of bringing down the value of the country by almost 15%. From here, George Soros became a target of different unfounded right-wing theories of conspiracy. According to the Business Insider, Joe Uscinski sees Soros story as interesting since most conspiracy theories about the people on the right tend to be made by those on the left.
Achievements of Soros in the Political and Social Concerns
He contributed politically by coming up with different democratic ideals which helped to weaken authoritarian regimes. The main goal of Soros was to promote democracy by promoting the free flow of ideas and information. He advocates for different humanitarian efforts including disability rights, national security, discrimination, and counterterrorism. He also supports educational programmes in higher education while supporting disadvantaged minorities.
With the help of George Soros, Open Society Foundations support and aim for better education, policy reforms, and democracy so that the rights and freedoms of different groups of people in society are respected.
Andrea McWilliams is a political fundraiser and lobbyist based in Austin, Texas. She is known for using both persistence and patience to achieve her goals. Her attention to detail and unique skill set has also garnered her considerable media attention, and she has been featured on popular news outlets such as USA Today, the Wall Street Journal, CNN, NPR and Newsweek.
McWilliams is also a national political commentator and has been named a “consigliere to the powerful and political” by the Texas Women’s Chamber of Commerce. In 2017, McWilliams was the only lobbyist to have the distinction of being profiled with the Speaker of the House, governor and lieutenant governor in the POWER section of Texas Monthly.
Andrea McWilliams has received the Profiles in Power award from the Austin Business Journal and the Texas Women’s Chamber of Commerce named her a 2016 Texas Businesswoman of the Year finalist. McWilliams is also the recipient of the Style Setter award from Austin Fashion Week and has also received the Austin Under 40 Award from the Austin American-Statesman.
McWilliams became the Chief of Staff at just 21 years of age, and has been perfecting her grassroots fundraising skills ever since. Her public relations company, Public Strategies Inc., has represented a number of political clients in a fair and balanced way. This is largely due to the fact that she runs the company with her husband Dean, and the couple is a Republican-Democratic team.
Andrea McWilliams now lives in Old Enfield with her husband and three children.