The story of how George Soros rose from modest beginnings to his present top position of leadership in the world of investment and entrepreneurship is fairytale-like. Throughout his life, the man has demonstrated a strong penchant for tenacity and resilience which has helped to propel him to the top of both the political and business worlds. He has such an audacious spirit, and when faced with adversity, he comes out to pursue a goal with a firm resolution. In the fields of mega finances and humanitarian involvements, Mr. Soros can be compared to the Biblical Goliath for his strength of character.
He has very few equals among his peers, and his rise to success is attested to by the influence he commands in the investment circles. He was born and brought up in Hungary, Eastern Europe, but early in life, he decided to move to the west where he knew there were opportunities to be turned to prosperity. He immediately understood the importance of acquiring a sound education, and so he took odds jobs, first as a railway porter, and then as a waiter to pay his way through the London School of Economics. Read his profile at Business Insider.
Soon after arming himself with knowledge in economics, and driven by a passion for succeeding, he dove into the turbulent and unpredictable arena of stock and foreign exchange trade. To get well acquainted with the complicated affairs of trading in currencies, he started by working for a merchant bank where he gained valuable experience. Soon after that, his high ambitions drove him to America where he landed in New York City on Wall Street. With $12 million, which was a handsome sum in 1969 and aided by a fierce desire to succeed, George Soros found a small hedge fund operation which he later named the Quantum Fund! He had the sharp instincts of a stock speculator which enabled him to trade on the British Pound accurately. He made significant profits with the business, and immediately he became a major player in the world of mega investments.
At the moment, the value of his assets is estimated to be over $30 billion. To manage the vast business portfolio he has built, George Soros has hired Dawn Fitzpatrick who is a respected expert to run his large investment empire called the Soros Fund Management. Apart from business engagements, he is also a keen political player and supporter of liberal politics. He contested the U.S. presidency against George W. Bush in 2004, and after losing by a slight margin, he took a short break from politics. However, he is back in the policy, and he now supports Democratic causes besides donating generously to many humanitarian groups and nonprofits. He supports an organization called Voting Rights Trust, and he also hopes to bring immigrant reforms. Read more about George’s life story at biography.com.