(1930-) Hungarian-born US financier and philanthropist. He made over $1 billion (Ł650 million) from the collapse of sterling Sept 1992, which he helped bring about, from speculating against the currency on the international markets.
Soros began as a securities analyst and made his fortune from investment and currency speculation, becoming one of the most powerful private investors in the world. He donated $250 million of his money in various forms of nonmilitary aid to development programs in former Eastern Bloc countries, including the establishment of a series of Society Foundations offering scholarships, technical assistance, and modernization programs for business education. In some countries his enormous financial power was resented and he was accused of using his disbursements to try to influence the politics of the formative post-Soviet era democracies of Eastern Europe.