Before he became the subject of all those strange conspiracy theories, George Soros was best known as an honest-to-goodness businessperson and international philanthropist. At age 91, he still has billions, but that’s not even the most interesting thing about him. He survived Nazi Germany before he ever became a student of economics.
His early brush with fascism has led Soros to express many political opinions over the course of his long life. In his 2019 collection of writings, Soros weighed in on Ukraine’s perilous situation, which has proven prophetic in the short time since. He wrote about how Vladimir Putin has taken advantage of the U.S. and the EU’s reluctance to engage in direct military confrontation.
Soros says that in order to defend open societies, you must always be prepared to fight for what you believe in—and he has put his money where his mouth is. Learn more in our Instaread on In Defense of Open Society.