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George Soros

Speculator + Investor + Philanthropist + Political Activist
Born Aug 12, 1930

George Soros is a Hungarian-American business magnate, investor, and philanthropist. He is the chairman of Soros Fund Management. Soros supports progressive-liberal causes. He is known as "The Man Who Broke the Bank of England" because of his US$1 billion in investment profits during the 1992 Black Wednesday UK currency crisis. Between 1979 and 2011, Soros gave away over $8 billion to human rights, public health, and education causes.… Read More

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1930 Birth Born on August 12, 1930.
1936 5 Years Old In 1936, his father changed the family name from Schwartz ("black" in German) to Soros (a successor in Hungarian or will soar in Esperanto).


1944 13 Years Old Soros was 13 years old in March 1944 when Nazi Germany occupied Hungary. … Read More
1945 14 Years Old The next year, 1945, Soros survived the Battle of Budapest, in which Soviet and German forces fought house-to-house through the city.
1947 16 Years Old In 1947, Soros emigrated to England and became an impoverished student at the London School of Economics. … Read More


1951 - 1954 2 More Events
1956 25 Years Old In 1956, Soros moved to New York City where he worked as an arbitrage trader for F. M. Mayer (1956–59). … Read More
1959 28 Years Old In 1959, after 3 years at F.M. Mayer, he moved to Wertheim & Co. as an analyst of European Securities, where he stayed until 1963. … Read More
1960 29 Years Old Soros has been married three times and divorced twice. In 1960, Soros married Annaliese Witschak. … Read More


1963 32 Years Old 1 More Event
From 1963 to 1973, Soros' experience as a vice-president at Arnhold and S. Bleichroeder resulted in little enthusiasm for the job; business was slack following the introduction of the interest equalisation tax which undermined the viability of Soros' European trading.
1966 - 1967 2 More Events
1969 38 Years Old In 1969, Soros set up the Double Eagle hedge fund with $4m of investors' capital including $250,000 of his own money. … Read More
1970 39 Years Old In 1970, Soros founded Soros Fund Management and became its chairman. … Read More


1973 42 Years Old In 1973, due to perceived conflicts of interest limiting his ability to run the two funds, Soros resigned from the management of the First Eagle fund. … Read More


1983 52 Years Old 1 More Event
They divorced in 1983. … Read More


Soros had been building a huge position in pounds sterling for months leading up to September 1992. … Read More
1994 - 1998 4 More Events
…  As of 2003, PBS estimated that he had given away a total of $4 billion. … Read More
In the United States, Soros donated a large amount of money in an unsuccessful effort to defeat President George W. Bush's bid for re-election in 2004. … Read More
2005 - 2006 4 More Events
Soros has funded worldwide efforts to promote drug policy reform. In 2008, Soros donated $400,000 to help fund a successful ballot measure in Massachusetts known as the Massachusetts Sensible Marijuana Policy Initiative which decriminalized possession of less than 1 oz (28g) of marijuana in the state. … Read More
2009 78 Years Old 1 More Event
In February 2009, Soros said the world financial system had effectively disintegrated, adding that there was no prospect of a near-term resolution to the crisis. "We witnessed the collapse of the financial system... … Read More
2011 - 2014 4 More Events
2015 84 Years Old 1 More Event
In January 2015, Soros said that "Europe needs to wake up and recognize that it is under attack from Russia." … Read More
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