George Soros Uses His Wealth To Empower The Powerless

He is one of the richest men in the world, and George Soros is proactive about using his billions to support social causes that he believes are in the vital interest of disadvantaged people around the world.

His focus in often on social groups that lack the power they need to lead lives of economic, social and political equality.

The story of George Soros spans decades. Today at age 86 he has traced a path across the globe and decades to become one of the 30 richest people in the world. Born in Budapest, Hungary, to a middle-class Jewish family, he was 13 years old in 1944 when the Nazis invaded his home country. As a Jew he was barred from attending school under Nazi occupation.

Soros escaped Nazi-controlled Hungary after his parents purchased official papers to identify them as Christians. He survived the Siege of Budapest in 1945 and eventually immigrated to England where he enrolled in the London School of Economics. After graduating with a Bachelor’s degree he obtained a Master’s degree in philosophy.

Soros worked in banking for several years, and then established his first hedge fund in 1969. The fund was called Double Eagle. It was a success. George Soros used profits from Double Eagle to establish his second hedge fund, the Soros Fund Management in 1970.

His operation eventually evolved into the Quantum Fund which has gone on to build a portfolio of some $25 billion in assets — the majority of Soros’ net worth today. Know more on cnbc.com about George Soros.

Over the past decades, George Soros has given millions to wide-ranging causes, from environmental initiatives to political campaigns, along with numerous grassroots social movements.

A high-profile example of a Soros funding effort was prompted by a racially charged police shooting of a man in Ferguson, Missouri, in 2014. A white police officer shot and killed a young black man, 18-year-old Michael Brown, under circumstances that remain highly controversial.

Officer Wilson was cleared of wrongdoing in the incident but his acquittal incited outrage, rioting and protests, especially among the black community of Ferguson.

Violent arrest, including rioting, burnings and looting lasted for several days. The protests eventually calmed but an ongoing peaceful movement was spawned to focus on racial inequality, police harassment of minority groups and social injustice.

According to the Washington Times, Soros has given $33 million to support grass-roots, on-the-ground activists in Ferguson.

For George Soros, the Ferguson case illustrates a microcosm for larger issues of racial disparity, not only in the United States, but in locations around the world. It’s part of the reason why he continues to disperse millions from his personal fortune – to empower people who want a chance at a better life.

Amicus Therapeutics Fighting Rare and Orphan Diseases with Relentless Research

Based in Cranbury, New Jersey, Amicus Therapeutics, is a biopharmaceutical company that develops therapeutics for rare and orphan diseases that are called lysosomal storage disorders.

Their platform, CHART, focuses on developing of enzyme replacement therapies with which to treat these lysosomal disorders. They are known in the biopharmaceutical industry as having an abundance of small molecule pharmacological chaperones.

As Amicus Therapeutics does not have the capability of manufacturing their products on their own they must rely on contracting it to other manufacturers, such as JCR Pharmaceutical and GlaxoSmithKline. They worked with them from 2010 to 2013 in investigating the coformulation and recombinant alpha-galactosidase for the advancement of migalastat monotherapy.

Amicus Therapeutics expanded its research facility from New Jersey, opening a second research site in San Diego, California in 2008 (Yahoo Finance). Then in 2010, they were able to collaborate with David Geffen at the School of Medicine,UCLA due to a grant received for $500,000 from the Michael J. Fox Foundation, the same year they received another grant for $210,300 from the Alzheimer’s Drug Discovery Foundation for pre-clinical research with Ichan School of Medicine, Mount Sinai, working with the Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center.

In 2013, a competitor of Amicus, Callidus Biopharma was acquired which gained them intellectual property and proprietary access for an enzyme replacement treatment for Pompe disease, an inherited Lysosomal Storage Disorder caused by the body not producing the enzyme acid alpha-glucosidase or GAA.

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Their leading product, migalastat, which is used to treat persons with Fabry disease,a disease that can lead to progressive and irreversible organ damage. This disease will affect the nervous system as well as cardiac, renal and a multitude of other tissues. Migalastat is in the late stages of development.

Amicus has built a belief statement to cover their core values plus be a reminder for the reason they do every day what they do. Part of the belief is that they believe in the fight against these diseases, they strive to have the highest quality therapies for anyone with these diseases. They firmly believe in supporting the communities of these diseases and their families.
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Thor Halvorssen: The Tyrant’s Source of Trouble

Thor Halvorssen was born in 1976. He is a Venezuelan human rights seeker and film producer with multiple contributions in the public interest, public policy civil liberties, pre-democracy, and good individual advocacy. Thor Halvorssen is the founder of The Oslo Human Rights Forum based in New York with annual gatherings described as a human rights festival. While the foundation was maturing, its primary source of funding was the Davos Economic Forum. Thor Halvorssen is the current president of the Human Rights Foundation. This is a non-profit organization devoted to global freedom and human rights. He is the Czech-based Children Peace Movement’s patron. He is also the founder and CEO of the Moving Picture Institute.

Thor Halvorssen was born in Venezuela to Hilda Mendoza and Thor Hellum. His mother, Hilda Mendoza.she was a descendant of the first president of the country. His father, Thor HalvorssenHellum, was a descendant of the ruling dynasty of kings in Norway. For the anti-narcotics affairs in Carlos Andre’s administration, his father worked as the Venezuelan Ambassador. He was also a special oversight investigator of the Venezuelan Commission of Senates.

Thor Halvorssen attended Pennsylvania University and graduated with a History and Political Science degree. When Thor Halvorssen was a first-year student at the university, his father was arrested in 1993 following his investigation on the Medellin cartel on money laundering activities. He was beaten, tortured, and threatened to be killed by the police. His father also led the 74-day campaign on the carcass terrorism charges. Thor Halvorssen also led a special campaign to have his father released from jail and gathered help from The International Amnesty. For all the alleged charges, his father was found innocent. He was then appointed as the director of the UN-affiliated Human Rights International Society of the Pan-American Committee.

While attending a 204-eaceful protest in Venezuela, his mother was shot in the leg by police. There was file footage showing the events that took place during that day. The national television aired the proceedings on the public view. The gunmen actions were all-over the national news. For this reason, the government apologized for the occurrence.