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Billionaire Soros Transfers Nearly $18Bln to His Open Society Foundations

© AP Photo / Kin CheungBillionaire financier George Soros
Billionaire financier George Soros - Sputnik International
George Soros has made a significant donation to his Open Society Foundations making it third largest charitable foundation in the world. The Open Society Foundations stated aim is advancing justice, education, public health and independent media, but according to some reports, its real aim is to influence global political processes.

MOSCOW (Sputnik) Hungarian-born billionaire George Soros has transferred nearly $18 billion of his estimated $24.6-billion fortune to his pro-democracy Open Society Foundations, US media reported, citing foundation officials.

The transfer has made the organization that works "to build vibrant and tolerant democracies whose governments are accountable to their citizens" the second largest in the United States, trailing behind only the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, The Wall Street Journal said.

Georges Soros, Chairman of Soros Fund Management, speaks during the session 'Recharging Europe' in the Swiss mountain resort of Davos January 23, 2015. File photo. - Sputnik International
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Soros established a special investment committee of the foundation and appointed its chairman, the news outlet reported.

The business magnate is not planning to trade the funds he transferred to Open Society, the newspaper said, citing people familiar with the situation.

The Open Society Foundations operates more than 40 offices around the world.

In late November 2015, Russia’s General Prosecutor’s Office announced that two branches of Soros’ charity network — the Open Society Foundations and the Open Society Institute Assistance Foundation — would be included in a "stop list" of foreign non-governmental organizations whose activities have been deemed "undesirable" and posing a threat to state security and the Russian constitution.

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