George Soros – Contributing To Build A Better America

When it comes to the political sphere of the United States, one man needs special mention. The United States has witnessed significant ups and downs both politically and economically in the last decade, and it is this volatility that George Soros believed could have ended if Hillary Clinton would have won. He went out of his way to support Democratic Party and funded Clinton’s campaign through Super PACs and direct contribution more than $24 million.

George Soros is one of the most well-known businessmen, author, opinion leader, political strategist, lobbyist, political contributor, and financial experts in the world today. He has helped carve not only the politics in the United States but has influenced the politics of many other countries remotely. In countries where he felt the existing regime would not carry forward the vision of its population and achieve growth it deserves, he has reconfigured the entire political landscape singlehandedly to topple the government. It goes on to show his strength as a political influential in the world today.

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After fleeing Hungary where he was born due to the Nazi takeover, he moved to London and joined London School of Economics. After completing his studies in Finance from London School of Economics, he moved to the United States to try his hands on the most powerful business districts in the world, Manhattan. He worked for the major finance firm on the Wall Street for a couple of years before forming his company and started a fund with $12 million capital.

The fund was later rebranded to be known as Quantum Fund. Over the years, Soros Fund Management, which is a hedge funding company started by George Soros, has provided consistent returns to its investors. Regarding return on investment, Soros Fund Management has provided a return of over 40 percent to its investors annually for the last couple of decades, which is higher than many other competitors in the field of hedge funding. Read more on NYTimes.com

George Soros believes that there is a major transformation needed in the justice system of the United States, where blacks and minorities, who are given jail term can rather get probation or correctional sentence, which would save their career from getting ruined. He has witnessed major racial disparity existing in the country and in the country’s federal system, which he feels needs to be uprooted.

His net worth in today’s date is over $25.2 Billion, and he is the 22nd richest person on the planet. George Soros, even at 86 today, is a highly dynamic personality and works relentlessly to support his causes, mostly through his global foundation named “Open Society Foundation.” Few of the organizations he supports are Faithful America, Free Exchange on Campus, Families USA, Energy Action Coalition, Machsom Watch, Media Fund, National Council of La Raza, Peace Development Fund, People for the America Way, and much more.

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A Look At Betsy DeVos’ Charitable Giving

Betsy DeVos grew up in Holland, Michigan. Her father is Edgar Prince, the billionaire founder of Prince Corporation which is an automobile parts supplier. DeVos earned her bachelor’s degree at Calvin College which is located in Grand Rapids, Michigan. She married Dick DeVos who, as the son of Amway’s co-founder Richard DeVos, also came from a wealthy family. Both Betsy and Dick come from families with a history of generous donations to charitable causes and they have continued the tradition through their Dick and Betsy DeVos Family Foundation which they founded in 1989.

Also in 1989, Betsy and Dick co-founded the Windquest Group and Betsy serves as its Chairwoman. The Windquest Group, which is privately held, invests in manufacturing, technology, and clean energy. The couple is also the primary investors in Neurocore for which they also serve as board members. Neurocore is a chain of brain performance centers that provides treatment for mental conditions such as autism, depression, and attention deficit disorder. Check her website for more info at betsydevos.com

Betsy Devos’ philanthropy is rooted in her faith. The charitable giving that goes through the Dick and Betsy DeVos Family Foundation includes 5 key areas; community, education, arts, justice, and leadership. One of the the nonprofits they fund is the Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital Pediatric Oncology Program. This program is at the center of a network of 26 universities and children’s hospitals called the Neuroblastoma and Medulloblastoma Translational Research Consortium that seeks to find cures for childhood cancers. Due in no small part to Betsy’s donations the pediatric cancer program at this hospital has been rated #1 in the United States for the past 5 years by U.S. News and World Report. Check this article from NYPost.

Another charity that Betsy DeVos supports is the American Federation for Children. This nonprofit seeks to provide more educational choice for kids in the K-12 educational system. This organization works at the state-level in order to provide low and middle income families a choice in what school their child attends. This can include public schools, private schools, home schooling, public charter schools, virtual learning, or a combination of these different environments.

In addition to charitable giving, Betsy DeVos has also served as a board member for a number of nonprofits. Among these is The Potter’s House School for which she was an Advisory Board Member from 1994 to 2016. This school, located in Grand Rapids, Michigan, provides an education to all children regardless of income level. Another board she has served on is the Great Lakes Education Project which has a mission that a child’s zip code shouldn’t determine their educational choices and outcome. This organization also supports school choice, leaving it up to the parents on what type of education a child has and where so that they can meet the best interests of their children.

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