Elizabeth Betsy DeVos is known all over the world and has been praised for being a good leader, an advocate, an innovator and a disruptor. She has dedicated her life to smoothen the road in areas such as education, politics and business. In that way, she has created a good environment that is easier to thrive. Betsy was once the Chairman of the Windquest Group- a private investment and management group located in Michigan with a varied consumer product and service selection. In the education sector, she has done quite a lot; she chaired the American Federation for Children, which is a school choice advocacy group, spearheaded the fight to change America’s education system, nurtured fresh educational opportunities in Michigan and as well served on the board of the Foundation for Excellence in Education. As a result, many children were mentored and are now in their parents’ school of choice. DeVos has been involved in politics since 1976 when she was a volunteer for President Gerald R. Ford. She also served as the chairperson of the Michigan Republican Party for four terms and on the Republican National Committee from 1922 to 1998.
Betsy’s philanthropy efforts are impeccable. In 1989, Betsy and her husband initiated the Dick and Betsy Devos Family Foundation as a way of giving back to the society on the basis of justice, leadership, education, arts and community. She once had an interview where she revealed a lot about her life. When asked about what she felt about education, she expressed her optimism and joy in that education choice was being enjoyed, specifically among Latinos. She also explained how her support in educating children was because she felt the burden of parents who worked tirelessly but still could not raise enough money to pay for their children’s tuition. She and her husband, therefore, decided to help needy children, and that led to the growth of their foundation. Read more on Los Angeles Times.
Betsy Devos described her biggest success as the Florida project. The State had a tax-credit scholarship scheme through which citizens enjoyed educational choice and as well had supported over 50,000 students attending their family’s choice of school. This has led to Florida being highly coveted due to its success. She also gave credit to the recent advances in both Louisiana and Indiana. The two states had come up with a way to serve almost one million students, which was a boost to the educational choice. When asked about auspicious education reform tactics, she spoke about eradicating the existing mindset that students attended schools according to their family status. Betsy DeVos promised to fight for a legal framework with more freedom and, thus, create a healthy environment for the children.
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George Soros is renowned across the globe for being a philanthropic billionaire. He was born in the country of Hungary in 1930. His legal last name when he was born was originally Schwartz. However, his parents changed their last names to avoid the anti-Semitic hatred of the Nazis. At one point, George’s father purchased false identification papers so they would be identified as Christians to protect them from the Nazis. The name Soros is actually an Esperanto word which means “will soar.” (Esperanto is a language designed to cross all borders and was invented in the late 1800’s.) George managed to escape the Nazi occupation when he was still a teenager and fled to London in the 1940s to acquire a better life. Read more about George’s life story at biography.com.
While in London, George undertook course in economics, studying at the London School of Economics. While in college, George was exposed to the ideology that society can only grow if it is free and respects all citizens’ rights. This ideology profoundly impacted George’s outlook on life, and he earned his degree in 1952. He soon placed his educational knowledge to work at Singer and Friedlander, a brokerage firm in London. There, George learned the practice of buying one country’s securities and selling them to a different country, for profit gain. Within only four years, George decided to board a ship and sail to America, specifically to New York, and begin a vocation of financial interests in 1956. In 1961 George Soros became a citizen of the United States. He began working for several Wall Street firms, and by 1973 George initiated his own business for hedge funds, called the Soros Fund. He later changed the name to the Quantum Fund, and later still, the Quantum Fund Endowment. By the late 1970’s, he had begun to leverage his wealth to help others, through a variety of humanitarian work. As of 2012, Mr. Soros has contributed more than seven billion dollars through his charity work at Open Society Foundation, which he founded in 1984. George Soros is now respected for being one of the richest people on the planet. Visit Project Syndicate to learn more about George.
The Open Society Foundation’s goal is to increase public health initiatives, fund educational endeavors, and prevent social injustices, to name only a few. George Soros is an advocate for fighting the Unites States propaganda program called the “war on drugs.” Mr. Soros believes that this so-called war is only an attempt to extort money from the poor by imprisoning them for marijuana, a plant that is used by more people than not. George has seen the positive effects that marijuana has on those who suffer from seizures and a variety of other health problems.