Daisy Margaret Soros grew up in Hungary and graduated from Ecole Hotelier in Lausanne, Switzerland. She came to the United States on a student visa, enrolling at Columbia University. She later attended New York School of Interior Design, studied at New York University School of Social Work, and worked extensively as a counselor to terminally ill patients and their families.
Mrs. Soros has been a member of the Board of Overseers of Weill Cornell Medical College since 1993. She has continuously served that institution in leadership roles that promote the mission and ideals of academic medicine. In addition to being the founder and host of the popular Information Please luncheon lecture series, Mrs. Soros also serves on the steering committee for the Medical College’s Discoveries, the Make a Difference campaign and the Dean’s Council. She is chairman of the Paul and Daisy Soros Fellowships for New Americans and the Friends of the Budapest Festival Orchestra, and serves on the administrative board of The Society of Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, the Board of the American Austrian Foundation, the Board of Directors of The Metropolitan Opera, the Board of the Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, the Board and executive committee of the New York Philharmonic, and the board of the Mayor’s Fund to Advance New York City. She is an honorary member of International House.
Mrs. Soros was the recipient of the Metro International Fulbright Award, Lincoln Center Laureate Award, Ellis Island Medal of Honor, International House Harry Edmonds Award, the Casita Maria Gold Medal of Honor, The National Immigration Forum's "Keepers of the American Dream Award," was honored by the Henry Street Settlement and received an honorary Doctor of Laws at Bates College in Maine.
Paul and Daisy have two sons, Peter and Jeffrey. Peter is involved in finance and lives in England with his two sons. Jeffrey, a screenwriter, philanthropist, and president of The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, resides in California with his wife and two children. Both Peter and Jeffrey serve on the Board of the Paul and Daisy Soros Fellowship program; Jeffrey as its president.