n his new book, Soros talks about how he became a philanthropist when the size of his hedge fund approached $100 million and his personal wealth was around $30 million 25 years ago. He then set up the Open Society Fund. Among his first decisions was to give scholarships to African students at the University of Cape Town in South Africa.
New York-based Soros, who fled a Communist Hungary in 1947 to the United Kingdom, describes himself as a 'stateless statesman.' He admits in the book how he supported the war in Afghanistan and opposed the one in Iraq. He also reiterates his belief that if terrorism has to be fought through a war, there should be a clear mandate for a limited war that avoids civilian casualties.
George Soros spoke to Rediff India Abroad Managing Editor (Features) Arthur J Pais in an exclusive interview in New York recently.
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