For the majority of people across the U.S. and the world as a whole the story of a refugee surviving the Holocaust of World War II and traveling around the world to achieve financial success on project-syndicate.org before bringing democracy to various parts of the world would be seen as a feel good story. However, for some the story of hedge fund billionaire George Soros is held up as a sign that the hedge fund billionaire is using his immense wealth as the 35th richest person in the world to cause problems for everyday people. These critics are spreading anti-semitic comments created by twisting the impressive life story of Soros to suit their own needs.
The best known attacks on George Soros came in 2010 when then Fox News broadcaster Glenn Beck produced three one hour long specials attempting to portray George Soros as a puppet master for a so-called liberal elite on Politico. Beck used a number of articles about the life of George Soros and picked out specific quotes, taking them out of context in a bid to create a negative image of a man who has achieved a large amount during his life when others would have given up on finding success.
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A glance back at the life of George Soros gives us a strong view of how his life has developed from humble beginnings to allow him to become one of the richest people in the world. George Soros was born in 1930 in Hungary into a family of the Jewish faith; the invasion of Hungary by Nazi Germany placed the entire Soros family at risk and forced George’s father to hide the truth about their identity behind an elaborately produced false identity.
Praising George Soros for not turning his back on his personal history should be the order of the day as he has looked to use his wealth and success to assist others trapped in closed societies. Glenn beck listed a number of “soft” revolutions George Soros has played a part in, but failed to explain to his viewers that these were conducted in countries under communist rule that were infringing on the human rights of the citizens of these nations. George Soros has always explained his beliefs in a democratic future for all people in the world, but has never set out to undermine the democratic process in any area of the world; the anti-semitism of the attacks by Glenn Beck on George Soros tell us more about the broadcaster than the subject of his 2010 special programs. The success George Soros has achieved as an investment specialist are a sign of how bringing democracy and education to people from closed societies can produce achievement at levels rarely seen.