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Wednesday, January 26, 2011

George Soros New Initiative

Jan. 26 2011 | Billionaire investor and philanthropist George Soros tells CNBC's Maria Bartiromo why Europe could fall apart and discusses his new economic education initiative.

George Soros - The Bubble of American Supremacy

UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism Dean Orville Schell in conversation with George Soros, the legendary and enormously successful trader and philanthropist, on what Soros calls "The Bubble of American Supremacy." Series: "UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism presents" [3/2004] [Public Affairs] [Show ID: 8524]

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George Soros was born in Budapest, Hungary, in 1930. His father was taken prisoner during World War I and eventually fled from captivity in Russia to reunite with his family in Budapest. Soros was thirteen years old when Hitler's Wehrmacht seized Hungary and began deporting the country's Jews to extermination camps. In 1946, as the Soviet Union was taking control of the country, Soros attended a conference in the West and defected. He emigrated in 1947 to England, supported himself by working as a railroad porter and a restaurant waiter, graduated in 1952 from the London School of Economics, and obtained an entry-level position with an investment bank.

In 1956, Soros immigrated to the United States, working as a trader and analyst until 1963. During that time, he developed his own theory of markets called 'reflexivity', which he has laid out in his recent books THE ALCHEMY OF FINANCE and THE CREDIT CRISIS OF 2008 AND WHAT IT MEANS. In 1967 he helped establish an offshore investment fund; and in 1973 he set up a private investment firm that eventually evolved into the Quantum Fund, one of the first hedge funds, through which he accumulated a vast fortune.