Religion & Jewish Life

Another Soros steps out

Alexander Soros, son of billionaire George Soros, chats with staffers and clients of the activist group Make the Road New York. (Shulamit Seidler-Feller)

NEW YORK (N.Y. Jewish Week) — Alexander Soros — what a catch! And not just for the obvious reason. Sure, papa George is worth $22 billion, and as your bubbe says, it’s as easy to fall in love with a rich man as a poor one.

But any grandmotherly nudge would be superfluous for young, liberal Jews who have embraced Democratic Party membership and the concept of tikkun olam as pillars of religious identity. For them, and they are many, Soros’ politics will be as appealing as his paternity.

Soros fils could easily buy what most of the world considers the good life: leisure, parties, private planes. But his definition is different and involves not spending money but giving it away, and more studying than partying.

Soros, 25, is pursuing a doctorate at the University of California, Berkeley, along with a higher profile as a philanthropist.

“To have the ability to be a philanthropist is a big luxury,” Soros told The Jewish Week.