Who is Ge­orge Soros?

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He’s one of Amer­ica’s lead­ing phi­lan­thropists and po­lit­i­cal donors. At age 88, the Hun­gar­ian-born in­vestor has given away at least $32 bil­lion to char­i­ties, which puts him a bit be­hind Bill Gates and War­ren Buf­fett, but as a per­cent­age of his net worth, Soros has do­nated the most of any liv­ing bil­lion­aire. Since the 1980s, most of that money has gone to groups that build democ­racy and civic in­sti­tu­tions over­seas, par­tic­u­larly in his na­tive Eastern Europe. Early on, he was seen as a con­ser­va­tive anti-com­mu­nist and pro­moter of cap­i­tal­ism. But start­ing in the 2000s, his foun­da­tions also be­gan giv­ing heav­ily to pro­gres­sive causes in the U.S., such as the ACLU and gay rights groups. He is now a ma­jor donor to the Demo­cratic Party, and fi­nan­cially sup­ported the cam­paigns of John Kerry, Barack Obama, and Hil­lary Clin­ton. His Open So­ci­ety Foun­da­tions op­er­ate in about 100 coun­tries.

Con­spir­acy the­o­rists say Soros con­trols nearly ev­ery­thing.

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