Throughout George Soros’ life, he has seen the plight of refugees firsthand. He even used to be one. In Hungary, his native country, he lived through the Nazi occupation, mainly because his parents, Hungarian Jews, forged papers and created new identities for themselves and others. Then the Communists consolidated power after WWII, and he left for London, where he worked and put himself through school at the London School of Economics. In 1956, he moved to the United States and began work with the Wall Street Brokerage Firm F.M. Mayer.

The early lessons of perseverance, hard work, and giving back to others have stayed with him, even as he became one of

George Soros and his Open Society Foundations are heavily involved the richest men in the world.

In 1984 George Soros created the Open Society Foundations, a network of thinkers, projects, and initiatives throughout the world. He took the name from a book that heavily influenced him at the London School of Economics called Open Society and Its Enemies, by Karl Popper, who argued that there is no final philosophy of truth, and thus a truly open and democratic society must tolerate multiple paths and beliefs. Likewise, Popper claimed, a society could only flourish when it allowed for democracy, freedom of expression, and supported human rights. Know more on Investopedia about George Soros.

Soros’ net worth is estimated at 26 billion dollars. He made his fortune through his genius at the financial markets, and almost from the beginning he was giving it back through philanthropic efforts. In the late 1970s he gave scholarships to black students living in Apartheid South Africa. As of 2012, the amount given away through the Open Society Foundations has reached more than 7 billion dollars according to Biography.com.

in many endeavors, including education, political awareness, democratization, and increasing voter awareness both in the United States and throughout the world. He has also written 12 books on many subjects including the war on terror, globalism, and capitalism. Throughout it all, he has stayed true to his passion, which is the open society that he first read about in college.

When it comes to financing and global capitalism, George Soros has been a genius at understanding and profiting from the world financial markets. He started in the United States with F.M. Meyer but after a few years he was able to open his own firm with 12 million dollars from different investors, and that laid the groundwork for the Soros Fund, later renamed the Quantum Fund, or the Quantum Fund Endowment. Soros has guided the fund through many decades and highs and lows of the financial world, and by September 2015, he was 85 years old and the 21st richest man in the world. Learn more about his profile at forbes.com