In the campaign season prior to the 2016 U.S. Presidential election the Republican candidates were often accused of pushing their rhetoric to the very edge of what could be described as decent behavior by mainstream politicians. Politico reports George Soros became so concerned about the fact right wing extremism was reaching mainstream politics in the U.S. that he felt he was obliged to spend a large amount of his time and personal fortune to fight the rise of eventual election victor Donald Trump; Soros felt so strongly about the rise of the Trump campaign that he decided to use his more than 20 year friendship with former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to provide her campaign with around $25 million in funding he hoped would make a major difference in the eventual outcome of the election.
Forbes reports the personal journey of George Soros took many twists and turns as he made his way to the London School of Economics in 1947 in a move that eventually began a financial career that has led to his amassing a $25 billion fortune. The founder of Soros Fund Management began life in Hungary in 1930 and lived under some of the harshest and most restrictive regimes in the history of modern civilization; during World War II the Soros family was forced to hide their Jewish heritage from occupying Nazi forces who murdered more than 500,000 members of the Jewish community. Following the Second World War the nation of Hungary fell into the hands of the Soviet Union and prompted George Soros to embark on a refugee journey to London where he began his financial education as a student at the London School of Economics. George Soros established the Open Society Foundations. George Soros understands the dangers of the right wing and the extremism he has lived under and the growing level of right wing information appearing around the world in recent years. Visit cnbc.com to know more about George Soros.
In 2004, George Soros made headlines when he discussed the right wing views of the Bush Administration before the election campaign when he backed Democrat candidate John Kerry for President. Soros believes the rise of wealthy donors and right wing rhetoric has driven him to return to a political scene he largely left behind in 2008 when he stepped back from providing political funding after becoming disillusioned with the work completed by President Barrack Obama. Since 2004 the work of George Soros has largely been limited to working with his own Open Society Foundations, which he has provided with around $13 billion in funding across its lifespan. Alongside fighting the rise of right wing politics George Soros has also pledged to fight the rising influence of wealthy donors like himself in guiding the political landscape of the U.S.