Who Is George Soros?

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6 min readApr 2, 2020


As one of the planet’s richest men, hedge fund manager George Soros has used his vast fortunes to shape economic and political policies around the world.

As a result, Soros has gained many supporters who celebrate his vast philanthropic efforts in dozens of nations.

The liberal Jewish billionaire, who grew up in Nazi-occupied Hungary, has also however, earned a reputation for being a heartless investor whose savvy financial dealings have come at the cost of others. He’s also become a central figure in antisemitic conspiracy theories and a figure of disdain among political conservatives.

The life and fortune of George Soros

Soros was born in 1930 in Hungary. His father, Tivador Soros, was a successful lawyer and author. In the latter years of World War II, Germany’s Nazi army invaded and occupied Hungary.

The Soros family, which included George’s mother Elizabeth and brother Paul, was Jewish. To avoid capture, Tivador used his wealth to purchase fake identity papers. The Soros family also helped other Jews hide their identities.

Soros survived the Nazi occupation by posing as the Christian godson of a Hungarian official, then left Hungary at the age of 17 to study at England’s London School of Economics. Soros received both a BA and PhD in philosophy from the school before emigrating to the United States in 1956. In the US, he entered the financial field.

Soros started a hedge fund, Soros Fund Management, in 1970. Through lucrative investments and some controversial maneuvers over the following decades, Soros amassed a fortune, becoming one of the richest men in the world.

Forbes currently lists Soros as the 56 thrichest person in the world with a net worth of US$8.3 billion.

Soros married his third wife, Tamiko Bolton, in 2013. He has five children, three with his first wife, Annaliese Witschak, and two with his second wife, Susan Weber.

Soros’ philanthropic work



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