George Soros, the philanthropist, hedge fund manager, Hungarian immigrant/war survivor and multi-billionaire, is back in the political arena, according to Politico. Soros, who is said to be worth $24.9 billion, stepped back from political activity during the Obama years, after making a multi-million dollar contribution in 2004 to groups fighting the re-election of then-president George W. Bush.
After this lengthy break, Soros came back into the political arena in July of 2016 with a major contribution to backers of Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign. Soros was said to be motivated by not only his long relationship with Clinton (who he firmly believed would be elected president), but also by his distrust of Trump. According to Politico, Soros has been quoted as saying that Trump’s bigoted campaign is actually “doing the work of ISIS.” It was rumored that Soros was planning on attending the democratic convention last summer (for the very first time), but he ultimately wasn’t able to attend. Despite this, there’s no doubt that Soros was deeply invested in the outcome of the campaign. Visit projectsyndicate.com to know more about George.
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With Trump’s upset victory over Clinton, political watchers are now waiting to see how much or how long Soros’ political involvement with last. Though he’s now 85, George Soros has always shown an amazing ability to surprise those who might underestimate him. Soros’ entry into the political arena is also of interest to those involved in left-leaning political activity, as Soros has long had the ability to work as a catalyst for other large political donors.
Though Soros’ success as a financier and currency trader is indeed one-of-a-kind, there’s no doubt his life as an immigrant and war survivor also fuel his political passions. It will be interesting to note how much more engagement we can expect from the always unpredictable George Soros. Read more about George at The New York Times.
Thor Halvorssen is half-Norwegian and half Venezuelan. He was born and raised in Caracas. His genealogy is impressive as he is a descendant of the first president of Venezuela, Cristobal Mendoza. When he was working as a drug czar, Thor exposed corruption that the Venezuelan government was concealing from the public. His father was tortured in prison while his mother was shot during a demonstration. Leopoldo Lopez is serving his sentence in Venezuela. Lopez who is Thor’s first cousin was jailed for trying to challenge Chavista’s regime.
Thor Halvorssen is a human rights activist and president of the Human Rights Foundation. He spends his time spreading love. Thor loves defectors and dissidents who are not afraid of standing up against tyranny. He appointed Vaclav Havel to be the Chairman of HRF. After his death, Thor replaced him with Garry Kasparov. Garry was later arrested in 2012 and sentenced to two years in prison for singing a song against Vladimir Putin. This information was originally published on The Weekly Standard as posited in the following link http://www.weeklystandard.com/troublemaker-for-tyrants/article/899824
Thor has suffered brutality in the course of his work. In 2010, he traveled to Vietnam to interview the leader of the Unified Buddhist Church of Vietnam. The church had been banned and the patriarchs put under house arrest. Thor was able to sneak in and tape the interview. On his way out, he was arrested and detained until he persuaded the police to release him. His cameraman managed to escape through a side door while hiding his camera on his rectum. Thor has seen philanthropists withdrawing funds because of intolerance. Sigrid Rausing once walked out on him during a meeting after she discovered that he had been given a check by the Bradley Foundation.
Aside from being the president and founder of HRF, Thor is a film producer. According to an article on Forbes, he started human rights activities in 1989. At the time, he was opposing the South African apartheid. Thor is the founder of Oslo Freedom Forum. He is actively involved in activities and initiatives involving children such as On Own Feet. Before forming HRF, he was the executive director and chief executive officer of Foundation for Individual Rights in Education between 1999 and 2004.