George Soros Ukraine was born August 12, 1930, in Budapest in the Kingdom of Hungary. Soros was born to well off anti-Semitic Jewish parents who married in 1924. His father Tivadar was a lawyer and his mother’s family owned a silk shop. Soros father had been a prisoner of war in Russia before and after world war 1 but escaped. Growing up George’s father taught him to speak Esperanto, as his father was an esperantist writer. In 1936 when George was young his family changed their last name from Schwartz to George Soros to protect themselves from the anti-Semitic climate in Hungary. The name appealed to George’s father Tivadar because it was a palindrome and means “next in line”, or “designated successor” in Hungarian and in Esperanto it means “will soar.”
George Soros became a student at the London School of Economics after immigrating to England in 1947. He worked as a waiter, and railway porter while he was a student of Karl Popper a philosopher. Soros received his Bachelor of Science in philosophy in 1951 and a Master of Science in Philosophy in 1954. After receiving his Masters and finding his search for employment quite difficult, Soros settled for a job as a traveling salesman. The job required him to sale to retailers in Welsh seaside resorts. Soros did not care for the job and decided to write to numerous merchant Banks seeking an interview. Source: http://www.nybooks.com/articles/2015/02/05/new-policy-rescue-ukraine/
George Soros finally got his opportunity and was hired at Singer & Friedlander. He worked an entry level position as a clerk, and eventually moved to the arbitrage department. In 1956 George Soros eventually moved on to another job at F.M. Mayer of New York working as an arbitrage trader specializing in European stocks. The job was one that was suggested to him by a coworker whose father owned the brokerage house. In 1959 Soros worked as an analyst of European Securities at Wertheim & Company. He held this position until 1963. From 1963 until 1973 George Soros was vice president at Arnold and S Bleichroeder. In 1969 he set up the Double Eagle hedge fund and in 1970 Soros became founder and chairman of Soros Fund Management.
In 2013 the Quantum Fund became the most successful hedge fund in history making 5.5 billion. To date it has generated over 40 billion. George Soros is also a philanthropist who has supported and given money to support a number of different causes. These causes include helping black students attend the university of Cape Town in apartheid, South Africa. He advocates nonviolent democratization in the post-Soviet states. Soros has given millions toward Millennium Promise a project to place internet infrastructure for regional Russian Universities. In addition to giving generously to various causes, Soros has received honorary doctorate degrees from the new school for social research, Yale University, University of Oxford, and Corvinus University of Budapest.
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