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."

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"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 TrumpMnuchin knocks Greta Thunberg's activism: Study economics and then 'come back' to us The Hill's Morning Report - House prosecutes Trump as 'lawless,' 'corrupt' What to watch for on Day 3 of Senate impeachment trial MORE.

In October, Trump charged that Soros paid activists to disrupt Supreme Court confirmation hearings of Justice Brett KavanaughBrett Michael KavanaughCollins walks impeachment tightrope Supreme Court sharply divided over state aid for religious schools How Citizens United altered America's political landscape MORE.

The president noted one incident in particular when a woman confronted Sen. Jeff FlakeJeffrey (Jeff) Lane FlakeThe Hill's 12:30 Report: House managers to begin opening arguments on day two Flake: Republicans don't speak out against Trump 'because they want to keep their jobs' GOP senator calls CNN reporter a 'liberal hack' when asked about Parnas materials 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.