Alexander Soros

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Alexander Soros
Soros in 2012
Born (1985-10-27) October 27, 1985 (age 37)
New York City, U.S.
EducationNew York University (BA)
University of California, Berkeley (MA, PhD)
Board member ofOpen Society Foundations
Jewish Funds for Justice
Global Witness
Bard College
Central European University
Parent(s)George Soros
Susan Weber
RelativesJonathan Soros (half-brother)

Alexander Soros (born October 27, 1985)[1] is an American philanthropist. One of the sons of billionaire George Soros, he is chair of the Open Society Foundations and one of the World Economic Forum's Young Global Leaders of 2018.

Early life and education[edit]

Alexander Soros is the son of billionaire George Soros and Susan Weber Soros. He was raised in Katonah, New York and has a younger brother, Gregory.[2] Alex attended King Low Heywood Thomas in Stamford, Connecticut.[2] He graduated from New York University in 2009, and in 2018 graduated with a PhD in history from the University of California, Berkeley.[2][3]

On June 11, 2023, the Wall Street Journal reported he would be the heir to the Soros fortune and would immediately take over the Soros Open Society Foundation.[4][5]


Soros manages the Soros Family Foundation, the Open Society Foundation, which distributes around US$1.5 billion a year to advance human rights and democratic governments, as well as some charities considered causes aligned with more liberal American politics.[4] Soros established himself as a philanthropist with his first major contribution to the Jewish Funds for Justice.[6]

According to a 2011 profile in The Wall Street Journal, Soros' focus is on "progressive causes."[6] Since then, he has joined the board of directors of organizations including Global Witness (as an advisory board member), which campaigns against environmental and human rights abuses associated with the exploitation of natural resources; the Open Society Foundations, which works to establish government accountability and democratic processes internationally; and Bend the Arc (which was formed by the merger of the Progressive Jewish Alliance and Jewish Funds for Justice in 2012).[7]

Soros continues to donate to political causes as well. In March 2012 he donated $200,000 to the Jewish Council for Education and Research, the organization behind 2008's "Great Schlep" in support of then-candidate Barack Obama.[8]

Alexander Soros Foundation[edit]

In 2012, Soros established the Alexander Soros Foundation, which is dedicated to promoting social justice and human rights. Among the foundation's initial grantees are Bend the Arc, the National Domestic Workers Alliance, which represents the rights of 2.5 million domestic workers in the U.S., and Make the Road New York, which builds the power of Latino and working class communities to achieve dignity and justice.[9]

Alongside the Ford Foundation and the Open Society Foundations, the Alexander Soros Foundation funded the first-ever national statistical study of domestic workers ("Home Economics: The Invisible and Unregulated World of Domestic Work," released November 26, 2012).[10]

Foundation awards[edit]

  • In July 2012, the Alexander Soros Foundation presented its inaugural ASF Award for Environmental and Human Rights Activism to Liberian activist Silas Siakor.[11]
  • In 2013, the prize went to Chut Wutty, the Cambodian activist who died defending the Prey Lang forest.[12]
  • In 2014, the prize was awarded posthumously to Edwin Chota, Jorge Ríos Pérez, Leoncio Quincima Meléndez and Francisco Pinedo, a group of indigenous leaders from Peru who were murdered because of their work trying to end illegal logging in their community in Peru's rain forest.[13]
  • In 2015, the prize went to Alphonse Muhindo Valivambene and Bantu Lukambo for their dedication to defending Virunga National Park against corrupt interests attempting to open the park to illegal oil drilling and poaching.
  • In 2016, the prize went to Paul Pavol, a villager from Papua New Guinea who is speaking out against the appropriation of rainforest in his home district of Pomio by Malaysian logging conglomerate Rimbunan Hijau.
  • In 2017, Antônia Melo da Silva, a longtime Brazilian environmental activist, received the Alexander Soros Foundation Award for Environmental and Human Rights Activism for her inspiring role leading campaigns to stop the construction of the Belo Monte Dam and other harmful infrastructure projects in the Amazon rainforest.[14]

Other activities[edit]

Soros is credited as a producer of several movies, including Trial by Fire and The Kleptocrats.[15] Soros is a visiting assistant professor of political studies at Bard College, where he has been a postdoctoral fellow at the Hannah Arendt Center for Politics and Humanities at Bard College.[16] Additionally, Soros is a member of the board of trustees at Bard.[17]


In 2014, Soros contributed an essay to the book God, Faith and Identity from the Ashes: Reflections of Children and Grandchildren of Holocaust Survivors.[18]

Soros' writing has appeared in, among others, The Guardian, Politico, The Miami Herald, The Sun-Sentinel, and The Forward.[19]

Personal life[edit]

Soros has homes in North Berkeley, Lower Manhattan and South Kensington, London.[2][20]


  1. ^ Castro, Michelle. "Alexander Soros". Encyclopædia Britannica. Retrieved September 28, 2023.
  2. ^ a b c d Williams, Alex (July 18, 2012). "Making Good on the Family Name". The New York Times. Retrieved February 6, 2015.
  3. ^ Melanie Grayce West (September 16, 2011). "Younger Soros Tries to Learn From Father's Giving". The Wall Street Journal.
  4. ^ a b Zuckerman, Gregory (June 11, 2023). "George Soros Hands Control to His 37-Year-Old Son: 'I'm More Political'". Wall Street Journal.
  5. ^ "George Soros hands reins of $25bn empire to son Alex".
  6. ^ a b Melanie Grayce West (September 16, 2011). "Younger Soros Tries to Learn From Father's Giving". The Wall Street Journal. Retrieved September 16, 2011.
  7. ^ "Bend the Arc – A Jewish Partnership for Justice".
  8. ^ Josh Nathan-Kazis (April 23, 2012). "Soros Next Generation Steps Up". The Jewish Daily Forward. Retrieved April 23, 2012.
  9. ^ Heather Joslyn (April 5, 2012). "Soros Philanthropy: the Next Generation". The Chronicle of Philanthropy.
  10. ^ Steven Greenhouse (November 26, 2012). "A Study of Home Help Finds Low Worker Pay". The New York Times. Retrieved November 29, 2012.
  11. ^ Wade C.L. Williams (July 20, 2012). "Working for Environment: Liberia's Silas Siakor Wins Human Rights Award". FrontPage Africa. Retrieved July 23, 2012.
  12. ^ Hodal, Kate (October 2, 2013). "Cambodia: Chut Wutty's legacy creates an opportunity for land justice". The Guardian. Retrieved February 6, 2015.
  13. ^ "In Peru, a Fight Over Land Rights". The New York Times. November 27, 2014. Retrieved February 6, 2015.
  14. ^ "Antonia Melo recognised for her tireless work fighting Brazil deforestation". Global Witnesss. October 11, 2017. Retrieved May 16, 2019.
  15. ^ "Alex Soros". IMDb. Retrieved June 30, 2021.
  16. ^ College, Bard. "Alexander Soros". Retrieved July 4, 2023.
  17. ^ "Alexander Soros". Retrieved July 4, 2023.
  18. ^ Pullella, Philip (December 9, 2014). "Holocaust survivors' descendants help keep memory alive in new book". Reuters. Retrieved February 6, 2015.
  19. ^ "Open Society Foundations: Who Are We". Retrieved April 15, 2021.
  20. ^ Danielle Stein Chizzik (January 8, 2013). "Sexiest Bachelors 2013 Photos – Pictures of Top 40 Bachelors". Town & Country Magazine.

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