George Soros, AKA: The Man Who Broke the Bank of England, was born August 12, 1930, in Budapest, Hungary. Son of Teodoro Schwartz, a Hungarian Jew, Soros survived the Nazi occupation of his country, the subsequent Battle of Budapest, and fled Soviet Communism by emigration to London in 1947. There, attending The London School of Economics, Soros became a student of the philosopher Karl Popper, and would later develop his philosophy of economic “reflexivity” based on the ideas he picked up from Popper.
(From Wikipedia: “Popper is perhaps best known for…advancing empirical falsifiability as the criterion for distinguishing scientific theory from non-science…and for his vigorous defense of liberal democracy and the principles of social criticism which he took to make the flourishing of the “open society” possible.”)
After graduating from The London School of Economics in 1952, Soros worked a series of odd jobs until he finally secured an entry-level position with an investment bank in London, but moved to the US in 1956. From 1956 until 1973, he worked at several different financial institutions while he furthered his intellectual understanding of economics. During the 1950s, he developed the aformentioned concept of reflexivity. However, he concluded that he would see not a single gain from his conceptual developments until he began investing on his own. This led him to quit his position as vice president at Arnhold and S. Bleichroeder and endeavor to create his own investment company, which became immensely successful, and allowed him to promote his philanthropic enterprises.
Using the influence of his capital, he has directed his funds towards peacefully promoting democracy worldwide. Such pivotal contributions include aiding black students to attend the University of Capetown in apartheid South Africa, importing photocopy machines to Hungary, whereby citizens and activists were given the means to spread influence and publish censored materials, support for anti-communist organizations such as Charter 77 (Czechoslovakia), the Solidarity Movement (Poland), and much more. The most notable aspect of his philanthropy is that it is in line with promoting open, objective societies in which the people have access to information and can thereby gaurd themselves from the blunt instruments of state power. According to TIME Magazine, he has donated 6 billion dollars to various philanthropic projects over the years (read more about his philanthropy here).
Although Soros has not been very vocal about his atheism, it fits his modus operandi of combating autocratic politics. Also, his nontheism makes perfect sense, given that he experienced first-hand the two most irrational, dogmatic, and murderous philosophies of the twentieth century, Nazism and Soviet Communism. Predictably enough, his efforts to promote objectivity, coupled with his nontheism, have set him in the crosshairs of religious morons everywhere. Not that he was shy, being in this position; and I quote:
In 2003, Soros said that removing President George W. Bush from office was one of his main priorities. During the 2004 campaign, he donated significant funds to various groups dedicated to defeating the president.
Soros, the multi-billionaire, financier and philanthropist, was profiled on the news magazine 60 Minutes, broadcast December 20, 1998.
Steve Kroft: Are you a religious man?
Kroft: Do you believe in God?
But it’s always funny to glance at theistic caricatures of an atheist in the public spotlight:
The number one chief antagonist of President George W. Bush is an atheist who promotes the legalization of drugs. Who is this man? George Soros. The real hatred of George W. Bush that seeps from the skin of George Soros is caused by his hatred of God. George W. Bush is a man of faith, a man who puts God before everything else, and a man who prays on his knees for God’s wisdom each day. George Soros, on the other hand, worships the logic of man, principally his own logic, and turns to the legalization of drugs for salvation rather than to Jesus Christ.
Now if only he had been successful in preventing King Dubya II from taking office in 2004!