George Soros Pledges to Invest Up to $500 Million to Help Refugees

All of the investments will be owned by Soros' nonprofit organizations, the Open Society Foundations.

Two young girls walk among tents at Ritsona refugee camp north of Athens, July 14, 2016.Petros Giannakouris

Jewish billionaire George Soros has pledged to invest up to $500 million to help refugees and migrants around the world.

“We will invest in startups, established companies, social impact initiatives, and businesses started by migrants and refugees themselves,” Soros said in a statement Tuesday that was published in The Wall Street Journal.

“Although my main concern is to help migrants and refugees arriving in Europe, I will be looking for good investment ideas that will benefit migrants all over the world,” he wrote.

All of the investments will be owned by Soros’ nonprofit organizations, the Open Society Foundations.

The investments, he said, “are intended to be successful — because I want to show how private capital can play a constructive role helping migrants.”

“As longtime champions of civil society, we will be focused on ensuring that our investments lead to products and services that truly benefit migrants and host communities,” Soros also said.

He said he would work closely with organizations such as the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees and the International Rescue Committee to establish appropriate principles for the project’s investment guidelines.

Soros made the announcement following the first UN summit on migrants and refugees.

He is the chairman of Soros Fund Management LLC, a $25 billion company.