George Soros Fast Facts

Here's a look at the life of one of the most successful investment financiers in the world, George Soros. An active philanthropist, Soros has donated more than $10 billion to various causes over the years.

Birth date:
August 12, 1930

Birth place: Budapest, Hungary

Birth name: György Soros

Father: Tivadar Soros, lawyer

Mother: Elizabeth (Szucs) Soros

Marriages: Tamiko Bolton (September 21, 2013-present); Susan (Weber) Soros (June 19, 1983-2005, divorced); Annaliese (Witschak) Soros (September 17, 1960-1981, divorced)

Children: with Susan (Weber) Soros: Gregory, Alexander; with Annaliese (Witschak) Soros: Jonathan; Andrea; Robert.

Education: London School of Economics, B.S, 1952

Spring 1944 -
The Soros family goes into hiding to avoid deportation to a concentration camp by the Nazis.

1947 - Leaves Hungary for Great Britain.

1956 - Immigrates to the United States.

1973 - Soros sets up his own hedge fund, which eventually becomes the Quantum Fund.

1977 - Is charged with stock manipulation. Soros eventually signs a consent decree that neither admits nor denies guilt. He also settles a $1 million lawsuit with the plaintiff, the Fletcher Jones Foundation.

1979 - Establishes the Open Society Foundations, a network aimed at shaping public policy by promoting democracy, government accountability and human rights through programs in education, public health and independent media.

September 16, 1992 - Soros bets $10 billion against the value of the British pound. After the currency collapse, known as "Black Wednesday," Soros makes up to $1 billion and becomes known as the man who "broke the Bank of England" by the London press.

1996 - Donates $1 million to promote ballot initiatives in California and Arizona that eventually leads to the legalization of medicinal marijuana use.

2009 - The PSzAF, the Hungarian financial market regulator, fines Soros Fund Management, LLC, $2.2 million (1.6million Euros), for attempting to manipulate the stock of Hungary's largest bank.

October 2013 - In addition to supporting numerous Democratic candidates and causes, Soros signs on to co-chair the national finance council for Ready for Hillary, the super PAC laying groundwork for a potential Hillary Clinton presidential bid in 2016.

March 2014 - Ranked number 26 on Forbes' list of the world's billionaires with a net worth of $23 billion.