George Soros has been awarded the Financial Times Person of the Year for 2018, identifying him as the standard bearer of liberal democracy and open society: values that won during the Cold War and are now under attack from all sides, from Vladimir Putin's Russia to Donald Trump's America. George Soros has utilized philanthropy to fight tyranny, bigotry, and intolerance for more than three decades. He has drawn the anger of authoritarian regimes and, increasingly, national populists who are gaining popularity, notably in Europe, for his long devotion to openness, media freedom, and human rights. He is the founder of a global network of institutions dedicated to promote free societies and the chairman of Soros Fund Management. Soros is the author of a number of best-selling books, including The Crash of 2008 and The Global Capitalism Crisis.