George Soros continues to strengthen the world

George Soros is best known for being one of the Democrats’ top financial supporters. However, he has also become one of the leading philanthropists in the country. He has given away more than $12 billion dollars. His financial contributions have supported organizations and people who fight for freedom of expression, accountable government, fight for transparency and societies that defend justice and equality. Learn more about this article at

George Soros’ giving has targeted groups who have faced discrimination strictly for who they are. George Soros has supported Europe’s Roma people, drug users, sex workers and the LGBTI community. George Soros has faced intolerance firsthand.

George Soros was born in 1930 and survived the Nazi occupation of 1944-1945, which led to the murder of over 500,000 Hungarian Jews. Soros’ family survived by using fake identity documents, hiding their background and aiding others to do the same. According to Politico, George Soros later said “instead of submitting to our fate, we resisted an evil force that was much stronger than we were—yet we prevailed. Not only did we survive, but we managed to help others.”

George Soros left Hungary, as the communists were gathering up power in 1947. He traveled to London, where he gained employment as a railway porter and night-club waiter to finance his studies at the London School of Economics. In 1970, George Soros finally emigrated to the United States.

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George Soros then opened his own hedge fund, the Soros Fund Management, leading him to become one of the most successful investors in the history of the United States. Soros would use his funds to launch the Open Society Foundations. The OSF is a group of foundations, partners and projects in more than 100 countries. George Soros believes that societies can only flourish when they allow a democratic government to blossom, freedom of expression and respect individual rights.

George Soros became active in philanthropy in 1979, giving scholarships to those under apartheid. In the 1980s, George spoke out and defended the open exchange of ideas in the Communist Eastern Bloc. Following the fall of the Berlin Wall, George Soros created the Central European University, which was used as a place to stir up critical thinking. Following the Cold War, George Soros expanded his philanthropy work to the United States, Africa and Asia. He became one of the leading critics to attack the “war on drugs,” saying it is more harmful than helpful. Know more about George Soros on CNBC.

As George Soros gets older, he continues to take an active role in the work of Open Society Foundations, traveling across the globe, advocating for positive changes with global leaders both in private and in public. He has also become a strong supporter of organizations such as the Global Witness, the International Crisis Group, the European Council on Foreign Relations, and the Institute for New Economic Thinking.

Thor Halvorssen and His Passion for Human Right Activism

Thor Halvorssen is a crusader of human rights who discovered this calling in late 1993. Since then, he has been the voice of many social issues affecting society among them human trafficking or slavery, threats to democracy, and dictatorships.

A call to activism

Thor didn’t always know he would end up in a career of activism. However, he is a definite chip off the old block when compared to his father, Thor Halvorssen Hellum. His father was one of the lead investigators of the Venezuelan Medellin Cartel run by Pablo Escobar. The following events of this investigation are what changed Thor Halvorssen’s life forever.

When his father was wrongfully accused and convicted, for the same investigation he was carrying out, Thor was the one to save him. In 1993, he led a mass campaign that protested the brutal treatment his father received in prison, and sequentially for his release. Even after his father’s successful release, Thor went on to become a full time advocate of human rights.

Thor Halvorssen has pioneered a number of human rights organizations that partner with political figures and government officials who are also aligned to his course. One of these organizations is Oslo Freedom Forum which has succeeded in many of its projects organized all over the world. Thor also founded the Human Rights Foundation that is based in New York.

Through these organizations, Thor constantly launches awareness campaigns highlighting the oppressions people suffer under the rule of a socialist government. He has fought slavery laws all over the world including China. The Oslo Freedom Foundation organizes several transformative conferences that see many prominent individuals in attendance among them fellow human rights advocates, activities, world leaders and technology entrepreneurs.

Thor’s passion has also molded him into a seasoned film producer that center on the same subject of human right awareness and activism. He is also the founder of the Moving Picture Institute which has helped him produce three films already: Freedom’s Fury, Hammer & Tickler and The Sugar Babies.

Bottom Line

Thor Halvorssen’s passion for the rights of every human has seen him receive a number of accolades. One of these achievements is the 2010 medal he received for his activism during a Romanian anniversary for the celebration of their liberation from a Soviet-like dictatorial government.