George Soros

speculator, investor, philanthropist, political activist George Soros

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.
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Oxfam set for crisis talks with minister amid sexual abuse claims - Politics live
Guardian (UK) - 9 days
Rolling coverage of the day’s political developments as they happen, including the international development secretary’s meeting with Oxfam officials Oxfam faces losing funding as crisis grows over abuse claims 8.26am GMT The billionaire investor, George Soros, has pledged extra funds to support efforts to fight Brexit after coming under fire for handing over a £400,000 donation to the pro-EU campaign group, Best for Britain. My colleague, Jessica Elgot, reports that Soros has indicated the money was directly linked to the campaign against him in the rightwing press. Related: George Soros raises donation to anti-Brexit Best for Britain group 8.07am GMT Oxfam will not be the only organisation under pressure today. The sector’s regulator, the Charity Commission, will also be expected to answer questions about how the scandal was able to happen under its nose. The watchdog’s director of investigations, Michelle Russell, said it was not told the full story at the time Ox...
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PM urges Brexit Cabinet to be 'bold' but agree plan with 'widespread support' - Belfast Telegraph
Google News - 12 days
Belfast Telegraph PM urges Brexit Cabinet to be 'bold' but agree plan with 'widespread support' Belfast Telegraph Theresa May's inner Brexit 'war cabinet' met on Thursday without agreeing a plan for negotiations on a future relationship with the EU. Theresa May speaks as she hosts a roundtable with Japanese investors in the UK at 10. 1 1 Theresa May speaks as she ... David Davis takes a swipe at 'discourteous' BrusselsThe Times Exclusive: Gina Miller says Soros-backed campaign to overturn Brexit is 'undemocratic'Telegraph.co.uk George Soros's Open Society Foundations Responds To Telegraph Furore With Dire Brexit WarningHuffPost UK Mirror.co.uk -Express.co.uk -City A.M. -The Guardian all 259 news articles »
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The Latest: Soros denounces Trump 'mafia state' - Washington Post
Google News - 26 days
Washington Post The Latest: Soros denounces Trump 'mafia state' Washington Post DAVOS, Switzerland — The Latest on the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland (all times local):. 10 p.m.. George Soros, the billionaire businessman-turned-philanthropist, says he believes President Donald Trump wants to create a “mafia state” in ... Trump, in Davos, Seeks to Mend Strained Ties with BritainNew York Times Trump's Best Friend in EuropeThe Atlantic World nervously watches Trump's Davos debutPolitico Bloomberg -Reuters -USA TODAY -Fox News all 807 news articles »
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George Soros and the Micro-Cap Stock He Likes
Wall Street Journal - about 2 months
Soros Fund Management disclosed a 7.9% stake in ServiceSource, a challenged cloud company.
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George Soros transfers $18 billion to his liberal philanthropic foundation
Fox News - 4 months
Uber-liberal billionaire George Soros infused “the bulk of his wealth” -- $18 billion -- into his charity arm Tuesday, making the philanthropic organization second only to Bill and Melinda Gates' Foundation in U.S. assets and further extending and strengthening the reach of Soros' tentacles worldwide.
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George Soros gives $18 billion to philanthropy –reports
Reuters.com - 4 months
Famed billionaire investor George Soros' Open Society Foundation, which fights for liberal causes, became America's second biggest philanthropy following a big donation from its founder.
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How Trump Energizes Other Dictators
The Huffington Post - 7 months
In the past couple of weeks, Polish Prime Minister Jarosław Kaczyński has moved to take over Poland’s independent courts, Turkish president Recep Tayyip Edrogan has intensified his seizure of businesses seen as operated by people unfriendly to the regime, and the ruling Hungarian Fidesz Party of Viktor Orban has plastered Budapest with large posters of a grinning George Soros and the slogan, “Don’t let Soros have the last laugh.” In case the message was not clear enough, friendly thugs then obliged by adding anti-Semitic graffiti, such as “Stinking Jew.”  These all happen to be leaders admired by our own president, Donald Trump.  More...
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Hungary's leader: EU and Soros seek to "Muslimize" Europe
ABC News - 7 months
Hungary's radically anti-migration prime minister says European Union leaders and Hungarian-American billionaire George Soros seek a "new, mixed, Muslimized Europe"
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Hungary to end anti-Soros poster campaign
Reuters.com - 7 months
The Hungarian government says an anti-immigration poster campaign featuring the face of billionaire philanthropist George Soros will end at the weekend. David Doyle reports.
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Israel backs Hungarian campaign against Soros
Reuters.com - 7 months
The Israeli government issues a statement denouncing billionaire George Soros, a move that appears designed to align Israel more closely with Hungary ahead of a Prime Minister Netanyahu's visit to Budapest.
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Megyn Kelly And The Danger Of Normalizing The Dangerously Abnormal Alex Jones
Huffington Post - 8 months
On Sunday night, former Fox News Channel star Megyn Kelly tweeted that next Sunday’s broadcast of her new NBC show will feature an interview with far-right conspiracy theorist Alex Jones, a move that could dramatically expand the audience for the false and inflammatory conspiracy theories he promotes. The news understandably outraged family members of the victims of the mass shooting at the Sandy Hook elementary school in Newtown, Connecticut, because Jones repeatedly promoted conspiracy theories that the entire episode was a government hoax using paid actors to build support for gun control. As one parent of a murdered child commented on Twitter, Kelly’s interview with Jones will run on Father’s Day, when grieving fathers will be visiting their children’s graves. For Jones, his Sandy Hook “trutherism” may have been all about ratings, but it had brutal consequences for grieving family members, first responders, and other members of a traumatized community, who have had their g...
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EU, Greece investigating sex abuse allegations by members of Soros-linked NGO
Fox News - 9 months
A U.S. charity linked to George Soros is under investigation by authorities in Greece after allegations of two of its members sexually abused refugees at an asylum center.
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Donald Trump's Political Arm Cites InfoWars In An Email Boasting About Crowd Size
Huffington Post - 9 months
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George Soros Accuses Viktor Orban of Turning Hungary Into ‘Mafia State’
NYTimes - 9 months
The Hungarian-American philanthropist and financier defended the university he established in Budapest against a government effort to shut it down.
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George Soros Boosts Another DA Candidate, In Philadelphia Race
Fox News - 9 months
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George Soros boosts another DA candidate, in Philadelphia race
Fox News - 9 months
Big bucks from George Soros helped turn a Pennsylvania district attorney election on its head, in the latest example of the liberal billionaire’s influence in local U.S. politics.
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Hungarian Law Could Close Central European University Founded By George Soros
NPR - 9 months
Teachers and students at an American university in Budapest founded by investor George Soros are bracing for the worst after the adoption of a new Hungarian law that could close the institution.
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of George Soros
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  • 2016
    Age 85
    In January 2016, 53 books related to Soros' "Renewal of Humanitarian Education" program were burned at Vorkuta Mining and Economic College in the Komi Republic with 427 additional books seized for shredding.
    In January 2016, during an interview at the World Economic Forum (WEF) in Davos, Soros stated that "a hard landing is practically unavoidable."
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    In January 2016 at an economic forum in Sri Lanka, Soros predicted a financial crisis akin to 2008 based on the state of global currency, stock and commodity markets as well as the sinking Chinese yuan.
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  • 2015
    Age 84
    In July 2015, Soros stated that a "strategic partnership between the US and China could prevent the evolution of two power blocks that may be drawn into military conflict."
    Soros criticized Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban and his handling of the European migrant crisis in 2015: "His plan treats the protection of national borders as the objective and the refugees as an obstacle.
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    In June 2015, he donated $1 million to the Super PAC Priorities USA Action, which supports Hillary Clinton in the 2016 presidential race. Since then he has donated an additional $6 million to the PAC to support Clinton. In August 2014, riots and protests ensued as a result of the fatal shooting of Michael Brown by police officer Darren Wilson.
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    A Russian intergovernmental letter released in December 2015 stated that Soros' charities were "forming a perverted perception of history and making ideological directives, alien to Russian ideology, popular."
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    In November 2015, Russia banned the Open Society Foundations (OSF) and the Open Society Institute (OSI)-- two pro-democracy charities founded by Soros—stating they posed as "threat to the foundations of the constitutional system of the Russian Federation and the security of the state."
    In July 2015, Soros stated that Putin's annexation of Crimea was a challenge to the "prevailing world order," specifically the European Union.
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    In January 2015, Soros called on the European Union to give $50 billion of bailout money to Ukraine.
    In January 2015 Soros said that "Europe needs to wake up and recognize that it is under attack from Russia."
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  • 2013
    Age 82
    In October 2013, Soros donated $25,000 to Ready for Hillary, becoming a co-chairman of the super PAC's national finance committee.
    Soros's elder brother Paul Soros, a private investor and philanthropist, died on June 15, 2013.
  • 2012
    Age 81
    On September 27, 2012, Soros announced that he was donating $1 million to the super PAC backing President Barack Obama's reelection Priorities USA Action.
  • 2010
    Age 79
    Reuters' follow-up article also reported a Soros spokesman and Adbusters' co-founder Kalle Lasn both saying that Adbusters—the reputed catalyst for the first Occupy Wall Street protests—had never received any contributions from Soros, contrary to Reuters' earlier story that reported that "indirect financial links" existed between the two as late as 2010.
    On October 26, 2010, Soros donated $1 million, the largest donation in the campaign, to the Drug Policy Alliance to fund Proposition 19, that would have legalized marijuana in the state of California if it had passed in the November 2, 2010 elections.
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  • 2009
    Age 78
    In August 2009 Soros donated $35 million to the state of New York to be earmarked for underprivileged children and given to parents who had benefit cards at the rate of $200 per child aged 3 through 17, with no limit as to the number of children that qualified.
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    In June 2009, Soros donated $100 million to Central Europe and Eastern Europe to counter the impact of the economic crisis on the poor, voluntary groups and non-government organisations.
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    In February 2009, Soros said the world financial system had in effect disintegrated, adding that there was no prospect of a near-term resolution to the crisis. "We witnessed the collapse of the financial system.
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  • 2008
    Age 77
    In 2008, Soros met his current wife, Tamiko Bolton, 42 years his junior; he married her on September 21, 2013.
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  • 2006
    Age 75
    Nine years later, in 2006, Mahathir met with Soros and afterward stated that he accepted that Soros had not been responsible for the crisis.
    In a discussion at the Los Angeles World Affairs Council in 2006, Alvin Shuster, former foreign editor of the Los Angeles Times, asked Soros, "How does one go from an immigrant to a financier?...
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  • 2005
    Age 74
    Peter Soros was married to the former Flora Fraser, a daughter of Lady Antonia Fraser and the late Sir Hugh Fraser and a stepdaughter of the late 2005 Nobel Laureate Harold Pinter.
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  • 2004
    Age 73
    Soros was not a large donor to U.S. political causes until the 2004 presidential election, but according to the Center for Responsive Politics, during the 2003–04 election cycle, Soros donated $23,581,000 to various 527 Groups (tax-exempt groups under the United States tax code, 26 U.S.C. § 527).
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    On September 28, 2004, he dedicated more money to the campaign and kicked off his own multistate tour with a speech: Why We Must Not Re-elect President Bush delivered at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C. The online transcript to this speech received many hits after Dick Cheney accidentally referred to FactCheck.org as "factcheck.com" in the vice presidential debate, causing the owner of that domain to redirect all traffic to Soros's site.
    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.
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  • 2003
    Age 72
    His 2003 book, The Bubble of American Supremacy, was a forthright critique of the Bush administration's "War on Terror" as misconceived and counterproductive, and a polemic against the re-election of Bush.
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    On November 11, 2003, in an interview with The Washington Post, Soros said that removing President George W. Bush from office was the "central focus of my life" and "a matter of life and death".
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    In 2003 former Federal Reserve chairman Paul Volcker wrote in the foreword of Soros's book The Alchemy of Finance: George Soros has made his mark as an enormously successful speculator, wise enough to largely withdraw when still way ahead of the game.
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    As of 2003, PBS estimated that he had given away a total of $4 billion.
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  • 1999
    Age 68
    In 1999, economist Paul Krugman was critical of Soros's effect on financial markets. "Nobody who has read a business magazine in the last few years can be unaware that these days there really are investors who not only move money in anticipation of a currency crisis, but actually do their best to trigger that crisis for fun and profit.
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  • 1998
    Age 67
    In 1998's The Crisis of Global Capitalism: Open Society Endangered Soros explained his role in the crisis as follows: The financial crisis that originated in Thailand in 1997 was particularly unnerving because of its scope and severity.
  • 1997
    Age 66
    By the beginning of 1997, it was clear to Soros Fund Management that the discrepancy between the trade account and the capital account was becoming untenable.
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    In 1997, during the Asian financial crisis, the prime minister of Malaysia, Mahathir bin Mohamad, accused Soros of using the wealth under his control to punish the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) for welcoming Myanmar as a member.
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  • 1994
    Age 63
    In 1994, Soros delivered a speech in which he reported that he had offered to help his mother, a member of the Hemlock Society, commit suicide.
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  • 1992
    Age 61
    On October 26, 1992, The Times quoted Soros as saying: "Our total position by Black Wednesday had to be worth almost $10 billion.
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    On September 16, 1992, Black Wednesday, Soros's fund sold short more than $10 billion in pounds, profiting from the UK government's reluctance to either raise its interest rates to levels comparable to those of other European Exchange Rate Mechanism countries or to float its currency.
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    Soros had been building a huge position in pounds sterling for months leading up to September 1992.
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  • FIFTIES
  • 1983
    Age 52
    In 1983, George Soros married Susan Weber, twenty five years his junior. They divorced in 2005.
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    They divorced in 1983.
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  • FORTIES
  • 1973
    Age 42
    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.
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  • THIRTIES
  • 1970
    Age 39
    In 1970 Soros founded Soros Fund Management and became its chairman.
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  • 1969
    Age 38
    In 1969 Soros set up the Double Eagle hedge fund with $4m of investors' capital including $250,000 of his own money.
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  • 1966
    Age 35
    In 1966 he started a fund with $100,000 of the firm's money to experiment with his trading strategies.
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  • 1963
    Age 32
    He spent the years from 1963 to 1966 with his main focus on the revision of his philosophy dissertation.
    From 1963 to 1973, Soros's 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 equalization tax, which undermined the viability of Soros's European trading.
  • TWENTIES
  • 1960
    Age 29
    Soros has been married three times and divorced twice. In 1960 he married Annaliese Witschak.
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  • 1959
    Age 28
    In 1959, after three years at F.M. Mayer, he moved to Wertheim & Co. as an analyst of European Securities, where he stayed until 1963.
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  • 1956
    Age 25
    In 1956 Soros moved to New York City, where he worked as an arbitrage trader for F.M. Mayer (1956–59).
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  • 1954
    Age 23
    In 1954 Soros began his financial career at the merchant bank Singer & Friedlander of London.
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  • 1951
    Age 20
    In 1951 Soros earned a Bachelor of Science in philosophy and an MSc in philosophy in 1954, both from the London School of Economics.
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  • TEENAGE
  • 1947
    Age 16
    In 1947 Soros immigrated to England and became a student at the London School of Economics.
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  • 1945
    Age 14
    The next year, 1945, Soros survived the Battle of Budapest, in which Soviet and German forces fought house to house through the city.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1936
    Age 5
    Soros said that he “grew up in a Jewish, anti-Semitic home,” and that his parents were “uncomfortable with their religious roots.” They changed their name from Schwartz ("black" in German) to Soros (a successor in Hungarian or will soar in Esperanto). in 1936 to disassociate themselves from the Jewish community.
  • 1930
    Born
    Born on August 12, 1930.
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