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Monday, December 9, 2013

Soros Group warming on Eurobank

By Giorgos Mantelas
The countdown for the share capital increase of Eurobank started a week ago and Kathimerini has learned that even the George Soros group has expressed an interest in acquiring the lender that is fully state-controlled.
Sources say that Soros group officials are seriously examining the possibility of entering the process for the sale of a controlling stake to a strategic investor, provided that the terms (mainly the price of each share for the transaction) are attractive and favorable. The same sources say that if this group decides to make a move to acquire Eurobank, the benefits will be multiple.

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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.