Born on September 10, 1970, Jonathan Tivadar Soros is the son of the billionaire funder of numerous left-wing causes, George Soros. After earning a BA from Wesleyan University in 1992, the younger Soros went on to graduate from Harvard Law School and the John F. Kennedy School of Government. In 1992, Soros worked on both the …
Born on September 10, 1970, Jonathan Tivadar Soros is the son of the billionaire funder of numerous left-wing causes, George Soros. After earning a BA from Wesleyan University in 1992, the younger Soros went on to graduate from Harvard Law School and the John F. Kennedy School of Government.
Soros clerked for federal judge Stephen F. Williams of the U.S. District Court of Appeals in Washington, DC prior to joining the investment firm Soros Fund Management (SFM) in 2002. He remained with SFM for nine years, the last six of which he spent as its president and deputy chairman.
After leaving SFM in 2011, Mr. Soros became the founder and chief executive officer of JS Capital Management LLC, a private investment firm in New York City. By 2015, the firm’s U.S. assets were valued at $500 million. In 2014, Newsbusters listed Soros as one of America’s major donors to the political left. The following year, Bloomberg Politics identified him as a “hedge fund titan.”
While Soros has made hundreds of donations to various left-wing political campaigns and causes over the years, he has simultaneously pushed for campaign-finance reform measures aimed explicitly at removing the influence of big money from politics. In 2011 alone, while Soros served as vice chairman and board director of his father’s Open Society Foundations, OSF gave more than $58 million to leftist beneficiaries. Jonathan Soros himself has acknowledged the contradiction between his own massive infusions of cash into political causes on the one hand, and his calls for reductions in such expenditures on the other: “It’s ironic. We’re the first to acknowledge the irony. At the end of the day, you’re dealing with the rules [by] which people get elected and we’re not going to win this issue with hang wringing and good intentions… You actually need to demonstrate to candidates that it’s in their best interest to be for reform and against their interest to be against it. Money is part of that.”
In 2012 Soros founded the Friends Of Democracy PAC (FODPAC), which later merged into Every Voice, to promote campaign-finance reform. Politico.com dubbed FODPAC, whose professed aim was to “get money out of politics,” as a “PAC to End All PACs.” Similarly, the Washington Post called it an “anti-superpac super pac.”
On April 2, 2015, Soros was one of approximately a dozen influential American leftists who attended a closed-door meeting that New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio held at his mayoral residence. The purpose of the meeting was to lay out a “Progressive Agenda to Combat Income Inequality” in the United States. Other notable attendees included Van Jones, Marian Wright Edelman, Joseph Stiglitz, Sherrod Brown, Dannel Malloy, Toni Morrison, and Raúl Grijalva.
In 2015 Soros co-founded Give Lively LLC, an organization that seeks to help undercapitalized nonprofits access state-of-the-art fundraising technology that would otherwise be beyond their ability to afford.
During the 2016 election cycle, Soros contributed money to Hillary Clinton‘s presidential campaign. In February 2016, he also donated $1 million to Planned Parenthood‘s political arm, Planned Parenthood Votes, which endorsed Mrs. Clinton for president.
Soros is a senior fellow of the Roosevelt Institute, a New York City-based think tank that strongly opposes the Citizens United Supreme Court decision of 2010, a ruling which struck down a regulation that had prevented corporations and labor unions from funding the production of political campaign ads within 60 days of a general election.
Soros also serves as a board co-chair of the New America Foundation, a board member of the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, and a member of the Democracy Alliance. In addition, he holds several board positions affiliated with his father’s Open Society Foundations.