George Soros: Fortune Favors the Bold

 

One of the most influential people on the planet, George Soros is also an incredibly fascinating character. With a net worth north of 20 billion dollars, Soros reigns supreme as the wealthiest hedge fund manager in the world. His company, Soros Fund Management, handles a whopping 30 billion dollars in assets, and Soros’ son Robert is now poised to take the reins of the family business.

Unlike many other billionaires, however, George Soros was not born into a life of wealth and privilege. In fact, he was born into a world that had been ravaged by war. His father had been a prisoner of war during World War I and his family was Jewish. This meant that life in Hungary became increasingly difficult when Soros’ native country Hungary was occupied by the Nazis during World War II. All of the Jewish children were removed from school and given jobs by the Nazi regime, such as delivering deportation notices to fellow Jewish people. It was then that Soros went into hiding, eventually posing as the godson of an agriculture minister in order to survive. (SOURCE: FORBES)

After several years of tension and heartache, the war ended and Soros moved to England to study economics. Although Soros had to work his way through school—while receiving aid—he kept his eye on the prize and earned the appropriate degrees. Although it was initially difficult for him to find a job, he eventually managed to do so and began working his way through the system. Eventually, in 1970 he was able to form Soros Fund Management and the rest is history.

Although George Soros is now massively successful, he also finds time to devote himself to causes such as racial profiling. One can’t help but surmise that perhaps this is because Soros himself was profiled as an adolescent. Over the years, Soros has proven himself to be one of the most intriguing and well-loved billionaires on the planet.