America’s Most Polarizing Big Donor Looks Back—and Ahead to His Legacy

At 80, George Soros Looks Ahead to His Legacy 1

Derek Lieu, for The Chronicle

In 1979 George Soros was rushing around the streets of London with a pressing worry: He’d committed to a large number of government bonds without lining up the necessary capital. The deal was causing him a lot of stress—far too much stress, he felt, than could be justified by the pursuit of money for money’s sake. Mr. Soros decided then to put his fortune to charitable use.

And so he has. Mr. Soros, the 80-year-old hedge-fund manager, has given $8-billion through a