Financial Times selects George Soros as its 'Person of the Year'

The Financial Times has named George Soros as its person of the year for 2018, citing the prominent liberal activist and billionaire as a "standard bearer of liberal democracy and open society."

"The Financial Times’s choice of Person of the Year is usually a reflection of their achievements," the editorial board of the London-based newspaper wrote of its choice. "In the case of Mr. Soros this year, his selection is also about the values he represents."

FT goes on to say that Soros's ideas are "under siege from all sides" including from "Vladimir Putin’s Russia to Donald Trump’s America" while attracting "the wrath of authoritarian regimes."

"For more than three decades, Mr. Soros has used philanthropy to battle against authoritarianism, racism and intolerance," the editorial continues. "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 is a frequent target of conservatives, including President TrumpDonald John TrumpNASA exec leading moon mission quits weeks after appointment The Hill's Morning Report — After contentious week, Trump heads for Japan Frustration boils over with Senate's 'legislative graveyard' MORE.

In October, Trump charged that Soros paid activists to disrupt Supreme Court confirmation hearings of Justice Brett KavanaughBrett Michael KavanaughMurkowski celebrates birthday with electric scooter ride Graham urges Trump not to abandon infrastructure talks with Democrats 2020 Dems break political taboos by endorsing litmus tests MORE.

The president noted one incident in particular when a woman confronted Sen. Jeff FlakeJeffrey (Jeff) Lane FlakeSen. Coons examines Amazon's privacy and data security practices for Alexa devices Oil companies join blitz for carbon tax The Hill's Morning Report - White House, Congress: Urgency of now around budget MORE (R-Ariz.) during the confirmation process.

“The very rude elevator screamers are paid professionals only looking to make Senators look bad. Don’t fall for it! Also, look at all of the professionally made identical signs. Paid for by Soros and others. These are not signs made in the basement from love! #Troublemakers,” Trump tweeted Oct. 5.

 

Soros says the criticism means he "must be doing something right."

“I’m blamed for everything, including being the anti-Christ,” Soros, 88, told the Financial Times. “I wish I didn’t have so many enemies, but I take it as an indication that I must be doing something right.”

Susan Fowler, a software engineer formerly at Uber, was named the newspaper's "Person of the Year" in 2017 for exposing sexual harassment she experienced at the company.