Open Society Receives Its Largest Donation Ever From George Soros

George Soros, billionaire philanthropist and founder of Open Society Foundation, has transformed Open Society to the second-biggest charity organization in the United States – behind Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation – with a single donation of $18 billion. This move transformed both the philanthropic group and the firm that supplies its wealth. Open Society Foundation now holds the bulk of Mr. Soros’s fortune which has moved it to the top tier of philanthropic organizations. It is currently the second largest in the U.S right after the Bill and Melinda

The 87-year-old founder of Soros Fund Management LLC now shares influence over the firm with an Open Society investment committee. Even though the committee and its chairman were set up by Mr. Soros, the committee was meant to survive him those close to him have said. The new chief investment officer at the Soros organization is more an allocator of capital (to the different external and internal asset managers) than a trader. Unlike past investment chiefs, this new Chief Investment Official doesn’t have to report to Mr. Soros or anyone else at the firm, He reports only to the investment committee.

Sources close to Mr. Soros also say he has no plans to trade the billions now belonging to Open Society. Since he bet (wrongly) that stock prices would drop after Donald Trump was elected as President, Mr. Soros has been doing trade using his own money, held in a separate account within the firm. Although Soros Fund Management, the $26 billion organization was a pioneer hedge fund corporation, it became a family office several years ago after returning the money to outside investors. A family office is a type of office structure with growing popularity among wealthy families and is mostly free of regulations.

Mr. Soros began his philanthropic activities in 1979 when he stepped up to be an active voice in the fight against communism across Eastern Europe. In 1984, he set up a foundation in his birth country, Hungary. The goal of the foundation was to break the government’s hold on information by distributing photocopiers to libraries and universities. Mr. Soros grew up under communism as well as a Nazi-occupied Hungary, and because of that, he hoped to foster an “open society” in places where authoritarian governments reigned. His foundation was named after a book by his teacher (a defender of liberal democracies) Karl Popper.

Today Open Society has a comprehensive mandate that is mostly driven by the values of its founder. It operates in countries like Afghanistan to South Africa through a network of more than 40 offices and foundations. Open Society has funded public health efforts, programs, refugee relief, and even a mobile court to help solve gender crimes in the DRC (Democratic Republic of Congo). Open Society also advocates for rights for the Roma, one of the largest ethnic minorities in Europe.

The foundation’s activities have often angered nationalist government such as the one currently in power in Hungary. Mr. Soros regularly urges developed countries in Europe and across the globe to assist in relieving the burden of increased migration from areas of conflicts.

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Doctor And Serial Entrepreneur Mark McKenna

Serial Entrepreneur and Physician

Dr. Mark McKenna is a serial entrepreneur, whom also has a major social media presence. He is licensed as a surgeon, and practices in Georgia and Florida. He is originally from New Orleans, Louisiana and graduated from Tulane University’s Medical School. In addition to his medical degree, he also holds an MBA which is why he is a serial entrepreneur. He began a real estate investment firm while he was practicing medicine, McKenna Venture Investments. His real estate business went on to hire approximately 50 employees, and offered turnkey services to a wide variety of businesses.

Previously Practiced in New Orleans

Before relocating to Atlanta, Dr. Mark McKenna experienced a major hit to his business. In 2005, Hurricane Katrina destroyed much of New Orleans, and Dr. Mark McKenna actively helped to re-invest in housing for low and middle income families. He eventually relocated to Atlanta, GA in 2007 and established a health and wellness practice in Atlanta that was sold to the nationwide company LifeTime Fitness. Mark and his wife were also named among the most beautiful Atlantans in 2014. His wife Gianine is originally from Brazil and is a prominent model and fashion designer.

Launched Wellness and Lifestyle Brand

Most Recently, Dr. Mark McKenna is the Chief Executive Officer and founder of a wellness brand called OVME. This concept heavily relies on technology for a medical aesthetics concept that aims to innovate in the healthcare field. The company is aiming at a March 2018 launch date, in a move which is aimed at revolutionizing the field of elective healthcare.

Years of Experience Working in Medical Field

His newest concept comes from his years of experience working in the medical aesthetics industry. This includes growing his practice to become one of the largest medical aesthetics companies in the US. Dr. McKenna is also an avid reader whom is a big believer in allowing his business to grow around himself. He is influenced by entrepreneurs such as Elon Musk, Mark Zuckerberg, and Bill Gates.

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Madison Street Capital’s Reputation Continues to Rise with Honors

Affiliate Dork’s recent article by Brandon Ferguson, titled “Madison Street Capital- A Reputation on the Rise in the Corporate Finance Industry” discusses the reputation of Madison Street Capital, an investment banking. The article can also be found on

Madison Street Capital is based in Chicago but they are an international investment firm with offices in India, Ghana, and Oregon. They seek to provide an in-depth understanding to the complexities of corporate finance. They accomplish this by matching buyers with the right sellers, creating exit strategies and providing complex contracts. However, Madison Street Capital concentrates on tax compliance, corporate governance and private placement advice, mergers, bankruptcy services, and acquisitions.

They approach finances through a global perspective, with their executives bringing a deep knowledge and analytical skills to each transaction. Their clients recognize that they are in the best hands when it comes to financial reporting, business valuation, asset management, or price allocation.

For example, Madison Street Capital was recently the only financial advisor to a leading software analytics company called DCG Software Value. The company uses software estimation services for value management. Through the guidance of Madison Street Capital, DCG Software Value is merging with a business and technology consulting firm called the Spitfire Group. By combining the cutting-edge technology provided by the Spitfire Group, DCG Software Value will grow in value. Throughout the merger, the leaders of both DCG Software Value and the Spitfire Group provided high praise for the Madison Square Capital. They felt that Charles Botchway and Jay Rodgers, the CEO and managing director respectively, provided an analysis that was necessary for the success of the group.

Recently, Madison Street Capital won a variety of awards at the M&A Advisor Awards. They won awards for their achievements in restructuring, transactions, and corporate financing, particularly for its part in the Dowco Group’s acquisition of Acuna and Associates. They also received nominations at the M&A Advisor Awards for professional services, strategic deal making, and boutique investment banking.

ARES Security also recently sung the praises of Madison Street Capital for the in depth capital raising, valuation analysis, and their diligence in searching for the perfect financial partner for the ARES Security Corporation. ARES Security is a security risk management company for a variety of business and government entities. ARES creates solutions by providing security software for their clients in the nuclear, energy, and transportation sectors.

Madison Street Capital’s Reputation continues to grow as many of the staff continuously receives awards and honors from trade and industry organizations. One example is Anthony Marsala, Madison Street Capital’s co-founder, was named in the 40 Under 40 by the National Association of Certified Valuators and Analysts. Learn more:

Madison Street Capital has been providing business valuation services, venture capital services, private equity, and advisory services for more than 12 years.

Madison Street Capital uses a methodology that reflects their extensive experience and expertise in all areas of corporate finance. They have helped clients in many different industry and niches to reach their goals in an expedited manner. Learn more: