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How billionaire philanthropist George Soros became a favorite far-right target, especially in his native Hungary

BUDAPEST, Hungary - Inside a sleek but unobtrusive office building a few blocks from the River Danube, conference rooms and executive suites that once buzzed with activity will stand vacant by the month's end.

What was previously the second-largest international outpost of the Open Society Foundations, a sprawling international philanthropic and pro-democracy network, is in the final stages of pulling up stakes in Budapest and moving to Berlin. The exodus was propelled by unrelenting official harassment targeting its staff - but ultimately directed at its 87-year-old founder, George Soros.

Soros, a naturalized U.S. citizen, is among Hungary's most famous native sons. A Holocaust survivor and a billionaire many times over, he has directed the bulk of his personal fortune to his foundation, which advances progressive political causes and supports an array of human rights, health and education initiatives across the globe.

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