George Soros Is Financial Times’ Person Of The Year As Symbol Of ‘Liberal Democracy’

Milliardär George Soros, Deutschland, Berlin, Eröffnung des Europäischen Roma Instituts für Kunst und Kultur (ERIAC) durch StM/AA Roth, 08.06.2017 (Photo by Popow/ullstein bild via Getty Images)
Start your day with TPM.
Sign up for the Morning Memo newsletter

The Financial Times has named philanthropist George Soros person of the year for being “a standard bearer for liberal democracy.”

“For more than three decades, Mr Soros has used philanthropy to battle against authoritarianism, racism and intolerance,” the paper wrote. “Through his long commitment to openness, media freedom and human rights, he has attracted the wrath of authoritarian regimes and, increasingly, the national populists who continue to gain ground, particularly in Europe.”

Soros has been the subject of hatred and antisemitism from all corners this year, including from President Donald Trump, who has falsely accused the billionaire of everything from paying for sexual assault survivors to confront Sen. Jeff Flake (R-AZ) to funding the migrant caravan.

Latest News

Notable Replies

  1. The Financial Times has named philanthropist George Soros person of the year for being “a standard bearer for liberal democracy.”

    Trump isn’t going to like this.

    I couldn’t be happier.

  2. I love this…and ESPECIALLY that it comes from that ol’ ‘lefty’ publication the Financial Times. This’ll frost some…whatevers.

  3. Avatar for davidn davidn says:

    One, count them now, 1 capitalist billionaire that 1) appreciates open societies (like democracies) and 2) supports this concept with real dollars.

    Almost like the exception that proves the rule. In the spirit of the holiday season, wishing for a time that I am wrong.

  4. This is great. The bizarre hatred directed at Soros has always been so misplaced. It’s hard to come up with someone more transparent and less Machiavellian than Soros, and he’s the chosen target for every conspiracy theory?

    I know this won’t move the needle for the wingnuts – it will confirm the Financial Times is part of the conspiracy!! – but it must still be a slight consolation for George knowing the whole world isn’t against him.

  5. Avatar for aiddon aiddon says:

    I can already hear them choking on their impotent rage. It’s pleasant

Continue the discussion at

16 more replies


Avatar for system1 Avatar for paulw Avatar for littlegirlblue Avatar for heirball Avatar for mondfledermaus Avatar for sysprog Avatar for old_curmudgeon Avatar for cervantes Avatar for mcstubbins Avatar for commanderogg Avatar for ljb860 Avatar for lizzymom Avatar for canadachris Avatar for aiddon Avatar for davidn Avatar for gilgamesh Avatar for captain_america Avatar for virginia_yankee

Continue Discussion
Masthead Masthead
Founder & Editor-in-Chief:
Executive Editor:
Managing Editor:
Associate Editor:
Editor at Large:
General Counsel:
Head of Product:
Director of Technology:
Associate Publisher:
Front End Developer:
Senior Designer: