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Saturday, November 16, 2013

George Soros' Top 10 New Stock Buys

After nearly four decades and achieving unprecedented returns for a 26-year stretch through his Quantum Fund, George Soros has moved on to devote the majority of his time to philanthropic efforts. Though he closed his then-$25.5 billion Soros Fund Management LLC to outside investors in 2011 to avoid registering with the SEC, he still has a hand in its management of his and his family's wealth.

In the third quarter, Soros' fund purchased 91 new stocks and at quarter end held a total of 232 stocks which have an aggregate fair value of $9.14 billion. The amount of turnover from the previous quarter was 24%.

The recent performance of Soros' stock selections:

The 10 Largest New Buys

Microsoft ( MSFT )

Soros purchased 12,580,700 shares of Microsoft I the third quarter, representing 4.6% of his portfolio. The average share price in the third quarter was $33. Shares have gained 16% from the average.
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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.