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It’s well-known George Soros, the billionaire hedge fund manager and international financier, has a lot of sway, especially with liberal politicians, and that has the conspiracy theorists talking.In addition to his philanthropic efforts with Open Society Foundations and his role as a big-time donor in American politics, Soros has met with TONS of world leaders.
We decided to put it all together, just to show all the big name folks who he’s gotten to talk to.
In compiling this list, we surely missed a leader here or there, so feel free to email if you’re aware of a Soros summit we didn’t catch.
In 1993, Soros donated $15 million to create the Open Society Foundation for to assist with the country's transition from apartheid to democracy.
At the time Soros told a South African magazine:
'Making the kind of money that I have imposes a responsibility.'
Soros would later meet with the iconic South African in 1998 when Mandela was visiting New York.
The meeting between Soros and Razak was controversial in Malaysia. Former Prime Minister Mahathir bin Mohamed long blamed Soros for the country's currency crash in 1997 when Soros hastily divested in East Asian markets. More recently, Soros was accused of funding Malaysian NGOs to push for regime change.
Soros spent $27 million in political contributions to defeat George Bush in 2004, but in an interview with 'Fox and Friends' in 2010, Bush said he met Soros while in Office.
The President said:
'He's put a lot of money into making my life miserable.'
Soros's Open Society Foundation has made significant contributions to improve the socieconomic conditions of the Roma minority. He met with Nečas to discuss the matter, 'reminding him that the country has the financial means, institutional capacity, and experience from previous projects to end the segregation of Roma children in Czech schools.'
Source: Open Society Foundation
Orbán met with Soros in 2010 shortly after the former was elected prime minister. Soros traces his roots to Hungary and donated $1 million toward a red sludge spill in the western part of the country in Oct. 2010.
Source: Roma Daily News
Ukraine's longtime leader met with Soros in 2004 to discuss political reform. Through the years, Soros has pushed Yanukovych to strengthen democracy and human rights in the former Soviet republic.
Source: BBC, Nexis
In 2010, Soros and Zenawi both served on a UN high-level advisory group on climate change financing. Zenawi, who was Ethiopia's prime minister for 17 years, passed away in August.
In 2011, the Brown and Soros met a international political economy conference in Bretton Woods, New Hampshire.
Soros was a big donor for Hillary's Senate campaigns, and donated to her presidential campaign before putting his weight behind Obama during the 2008 Democratic primary.
Stoltenberg co-chaired the UN high-level advisory group on climate change financing that Soros was a part of. The panel's findings are helping UN envoys seek ways to pay for the $100 billion in climate aid that was pledged by 2020 to poor nations at a 2009 summit in Copenhagen.