Most people who have managed to acquire large sums of money tend to hoard it for themselves and their families. George Soros is not such a man. George wants to change the world for the better, and he knows that money is often the means to make this happen. George was born in Hungary, and as a boy of only 14 years of age he experienced the invasion of Hitler’s Nazi army. George’s surname at his birth was Schwartz, because he came from a Jewish family. His father was terrified that if the Nazis discovered their Jewish ancestor that they would be murdered, or sent to the death camps as slaves for Hitler’s army. George’s father used what money he had earned from being a hard working attorney, and purchased documents that were falsified to show that his family was Christians. To further try and protect his family, his father split them up and sent them into different locations. To finalize this level of protection, George’s father changed their surname to become Soros. Soros is a word that means “will soar,” to rise above the oppression they were facing. Soros is a word taken from the Esperanto language, which George’s father taught him to speak as a child. Learn more on snopes.com about George.
After Hitler’s army was defeated, George found peace by moving to London, to study economics and philosophy. He came into contact with the famous Karl Popper ideologies, surrounding the concepts of an open and free society, and how only a society that is free from social injustice can ever truly flourish. This eventually became George’s outlook on life. He earned a Master’s degree in philosophy and began to work for a brokerage agency. While there, George began to trade in what is known as venture securities. He would purchase a country’s securities, and then profit from the selling of the securities to another country. This eventually, within 4 years’ time, allowed for George to move to America.
George sailed to New York in the 1950’s, and in time, he became a citizen of America and set out to work for a great many Wall Street companies. In the early 1970’s, George Soros had acquired enough capital to begin his hedge fund business, which he branded the Soros Fund. Sometime later this name was changed to the Quantum Fund, and in time became known as the Quantum Fund Endowment. His company’s success permitted him to begin to use his money to help others who were impoverished. Through his charity work he has donated billions of dollars to help individuals and also companies fight for true change in the world.
Most Americans have little experience in the area of human rights abuse. People go about their daily lives paying little attention to the egregious human rights violations that are happening everyday around the world. Even when they hear about a particularly abusive dictator, most people think that there is nothing that they can do about it. Such is not the case with Thor Halvorssen. Halvorssen has been fighting for human rights since he was a very young man.
Thor Halvorssen has a deep personal understanding of the human rights abuses that authoritarian regimes are willing to inflict upon their citizens. Thor’s father was imprisoned and tortured after he began a series of investigations into government corruption in Venezuela. Halvorssen started a campaign with Amnesty International to get his father released from prison. Thor’s father was later cleared of all charges. Thor’s mother was shot and wounded while she was participating in a peaceful demonstration against Hugo Chavez in 2004.
Halvorssen founded the New York-based Human Rights Foundation in 1999. The HRF is dedicated to protecting human rights around the world. One of the goals of the HRF is to spotlight the human rights violations committed by authoritarian regimes around the world. By bringing attention to the actions of cruel dictators, the HRF puts pressure on political leaders around the world to do something to stop these abuses. These political leaders then pressure the dictators to change their ways. The tactics used by the HRF have met with success. So far, the HRF has gotten at least 7 prisoners of conscience released from prisons around the world. Some of the countries that the HRF has been active in include China, Cuba, Venezuela and Columbia.
In addition to his other advocacy, Thor Halvorssen also uses his talents as a film producer to increase awareness of human rights issues. Thor has worked as a producer on several films. One film, The Sugar Babies, deals with human trafficking and the abuse of migrant workers in the Dominican Republic. Some of Halvorssen’s other films include Hammer and Tickle and The Singing Revolution.
Love for people and freedom led Thor Halvorssen to establish a human rights foundation organization known as Human Rights Foundations. He is not only a human rights activist, but he is also a filmmaker. In his career as a filmmaker, he focuses mainly on human rights advocacy, public policy, civil liberties, individual rights, public interest as well as pro-democracy advocacy.
Thor Halvorssen is a fighter, and he loves fighting for the rights of each person as he knows well this what gives him success in life. He is the founder of the Oslo Freedom Forum, a forum that is meant to fight the right of people by organizing human rights festivals. The organization is making continuous efforts to become an equivalent of the Davos Economic Forum.
Thor’s has been an excellent leader, and for the past years, he has displayed positive leadership skills. His leadership character has seen him hold various leadership positions including being the patron of Czech-based Children Movement, On Own Feet, and he is also the founder of Moving Picture Institute. He has also been recognized for various awards including being honored by the University of Pennsylvania for protecting the speech of students. In 2010 he was presented the Presidential silver medal by the Romanian leader when they were honoring the Romanian Revolution of 1989.
Thor Halvorssen is the President and founder of the Human Rights Foundation, a non-profitable organization with a primary mandate of endorsing and shielding the rights of human being worldwide. The primary mission of the team is to ensure that freed on and security is promoted all over the world. With devotion and commitment Human Rights Foundation is responsible for organizing and conducting campaigns that are meant to educate individuals about their rights as they promote peace and unity globally.
The Human Rights Foundation works with a program involving a broad range of initiatives that include the production of famous films, the organization conducts free campaigns to politicians who have been previously jailed, carrying out individual rights seminars, as well as authorizing legal analyses. The Human Rights Foundation was unified in 2005 and has its Headquarters located in New York.