George Soros Fast Facts

(CNN)Here’s a look at the life of one of the most successful investment financiers in the world, George Soros. An active philanthropist, Soros has donated more than $10 billion to various causes over the years.

Birth date:
August 12, 1930
Birth place: Budapest, Hungary


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Birth name: Gyrgy Soros
Father: Tivadar Soros, lawyer
Mother: Elizabeth (Szucs) Soros
Marriages: Tamiko Bolton (September 21, 2013-present); Susan Weber (June 19, 1983-2005, divorced); Annaliese Witscha (September 17, 1960-1981, divorced)
Children: with Susan Weber: Gregory, Alexander; with Annaliese Witschak: Jonathan, Andrea, Robert
Education: London School of Economics, B.S., 1952
Spring 1944 –
The Soros family goes into hiding to avoid deportation to a concentration camp by the Nazis.
1947 – Leaves Hungary for Great Britain.
1956 – Immigrates to the United States.
1973 – Soros sets up his own hedge fund, which eventually becomes the Quantum Fund.
1977 – Is charged with stock manipulation. Soros eventually signs a consent decree that neither admits nor denies guilt. He also settles a $1 million lawsuit with the plaintiff, the Fletcher Jones Foundation.
1979 – Establishes the Open Society Foundations, a network aimed at shaping public policy by promoting democracy, government accountability and human rights through programs in education, public health and independent media.
September 16, 1992 – Soros bets $10 billion against the value of the British pound. After the currency collapse, known as “Black Wednesday,” Soros makes up to $1 billion and becomes known as the man who “broke the Bank of England” by the London press.
1996 – Donates $1 million to promote ballot initiatives in California and Arizona that eventually lead to the legalization of medicinal marijuana use.
December 2002 – Soros is convicted of insider trading by a French court and fined $2.25 million (2.2 million Euros) for a 1988 deal with French bank Socit Gnrale.
2009 – The PSzAF, the Hungarian financial market regulator, fines Soros Fund Management, LLC, $2.2 million (1.6 million Euros), for attempting to manipulate the stock of Hungary’s largest bank.
October 2013 – In addition to supporting numerous Democratic candidates and causes, Soros signs on to co-chair the national finance council for Ready for Hillary, the super PAC laying groundwork for a potential Hillary Clinton presidential bid in 2016.
March 2016 – Number 23 on the Forbes World’s Billionaires list, with a net worth of $24.9 billion.

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