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Thursday, December 26, 2013

Soros’ ex-wife buys Shelter Island estate

Susan Weber Soros, the ex-wife of George Soros — who’s worth an estimated $20 billion and is currently number 19 on Forbes’ 400 richest Americans list — has just purchased a waterfront estate on Shelter Island, Gimme Shelter has learned.

Weber Soros bought the 4,358 square foot traditional home, on 1.37 acres, for close to its $5.95 million asking price. Built in 2005, the beach manse has five bedrooms and 5½ baths. There is no pool, but there is room for Weber Soros to build one. The property, in Dering Harbor, also comes with a deep water dock. The home has panoramic water views from the living room, which has double height ceilings and a fireplace. There’s also a chef’s kitchen, and a “Hollywood style serpentine staircase that wraps around the fireplace,” according to the listing. A “hand cut river stone” path leads to the bulkheaded sandy beach and deep water dock. There’s also a generator and cistern for irrigation.

Last year, Weber Soros put her 6,000 square foot pad at the Majestic, on Central Park West, on the market for $50 million — and then chopped it to $39 million — which doesn’t appear to be on the market any more, and she also bought a $22 million 1869 townhouse on E. 70th St. Listing broker Penelope Moore of Saunders & Associates declined to comment.


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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.