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Wednesday, November 30, 2011

George Soros to buy $50 mln shares in Chow Tai Fook IPO

Billionaire philanthropist and investor George Soros is said to invest at least $50 million to subscribe for shares in the initial public offering of Chow Tai Fook Jewellery Group Ltd, Ming Pao Daily News reported on Wednesday, citing sources close to the deal. Soros Fund Management also increased its position in Kraft Foods, Heartware International, and YPF, among others. Among the stocks that it reduced its exposure to were Dendreon (Nasdaq: DNDN ) and Seagate Technology. Also, it sold out of some stocks entirely, such as RF Micro Devices (Nasdaq: RFMD ) and Petroleo Brasiliero.George Soros also acquired a 5.6% stake in WebMD in recent weeks.

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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.