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George Soros

New York, USA

Founder and Chairman, Soros Fund Management (1969-present)

Founder and Chairman, Open Society Foundation (1993-present)

Leading financier and analyst

George Soros is a Hungarian-American business magnate, investor and philanthropist.

In 1969 George founded Soros Fund Management, one of the most profitable firms in the hedge fund industry, averaging a 20% annual rate of return over four decades. The fund became famous in September 1992, when it 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.

In July 2011 George announced that he plans to end his hedge fund career. His fund will shut itself to outside investors due to changes in financial regulation and focus solely on handling investments for George and his family.

George also supports a number of progressive and liberal causes. Between 1979 and 2011, he gave away over $8 billion to human rights, public health, and education causes. He is the Chairman of the Open Society Institute, a private foundation aiming to create ‘open societies’ by shaping public policy, developing civil society organisations and promoting democratic governance, human rights and social reform. Despite working as an investor and currency speculator, he argues that the current system of financial speculation undermines healthy economic development in many underdeveloped countries.

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Our Comment

"A legendary figure in the world of finance, George is also a renowned thinker on social and development issues. His philanthropic activity and investing strategy is heavily influenced by the work of Karl Popper, and he developed the theory of reflexivity, according to which the valuation of any market produces a procyclical “virtuous or vicious” circle that further affects the market."

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