House of the Rising Son

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New York hedge fund manager George Soros has long been one of the most politically powerful individuals on earth. Since the mid-1980s in particular, he has used his immense influence to help reconfigure the political landscapes of several countries around the world—in some cases playing a key role in toppling regimes that had held the reins of government power for years, even decades. Vis à vis the United States, a strong case can be made for the claim that Soros has affected American politics and culture more profoundly that any other person in living memory. Armed with a multi-billion-dollar personal fortune, he has cast himself as a missionary with a semi-divine mandate to transform the world and its institutions into something which he deems better—by promoting all manner of leftwing values and political agendas.

But George Soros is 93 years old, and he understands that it’s now time for him to pass the baton of his crusade for radical leftism to someone younger. Hence, a couple of months ago he officially named his 38-year-old son, Alexander Soros, as board chairman of the Open Society Foundations (OSF), the $25 billion philanthropic empire through which the elder Soros has funded the Left for decades. “We think alike,” said George Soros when discussing Alexander’s prospects as his successor. Alexander, meanwhile, told The Wall Street Journal that he considers himself to be an even “more political” person than his father. Thus, his ascent to the top of the OSF hierarchy suddenly makes him one of the most consequential human beings anywhere on the planet. Let us examine, then, exactly who Alexander Soros is.

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