5 Things You Might Not Have Known About Billionaire George Soros

As the 27th richest person in the world (according to Forbes), George Soros is undoubtedly one of the greatest investors of all time. In fact, he may even be the greatest -- Nassim Taleb, citing Soros' success with a wide variety of different investment vehicles, argued that his skill could even exceed Warren Buffett's.

Source: World Economic Forum via Wikimedia Commons.

Over the years, Soros has profitably traded nearly all asset classes -- options, stocks, bonds, and currencies. While other fund managers may look to force change at the corporations they're invested in, buy undervalued firms for the long haul, or engage in merger arbitrage, Soros has used a wide variety of different strategies, often betting against the herd or basing his investments on economic fundamentals.

As of last year, the largest holding in his fund (the aptly named Soros Fund Management) was a put option on the SPDR S&P 500 ETF (NYSEMKT: SPY  ) , a bet that he's been steadily increasing in recent quarters. His bearish outlook on U.S. equities may have something do with his views on the eurozone -- earlier this month, Soros warned that European leaders were fulfilling his worst expectations. Soros has been an outspoken critic of eurozone policymakers, arguing that the currency union could ultimately break up. Such an event would likely trigger a major sell-off in equities around the world.

Unlike Buffett, Soros often engages in short-term trading, jumping in and out of positions relatively rapidly. He bought a large stake in the struggling retailer J.C. Penney (NYSE: JCP  ) last year, but has since dumped the position. In contrast to Bill Ackman, who tried to push J.C. Penney's management to make aggressive changes, Soros remained passive, refraining from commenting on the investment. He may have been looking for a bounce, betting against the herd as he often does.

Because of his legendary track record, and his unusual style, Soros is one of the most interesting investors alive today. The following presentation lays out five facts about the Hungarian-born billionaire investors may not have known.

A better investor than George Soros?
George Soros' trading has made him a billionaire, but Warren Buffett has been even more successful. Buffett's investing has made him one of the richest people in the world, and he wants you to be able to invest like him. Through the years, Buffett has offered up investing tips to shareholders of Berkshire Hathaway. Now you can tap into the best of Warren Buffett's wisdom in a new special report from The Motley Fool. Click here now for a free copy of this invaluable report.


Read/Post Comments (0) | Recommend This Article (2)

Comments from our Foolish Readers

Help us keep this a respectfully Foolish area! This is a place for our readers to discuss, debate, and learn more about the Foolish investing topic you read about above. Help us keep it clean and safe. If you believe a comment is abusive or otherwise violates our Fool's Rules, please report it via the Report this Comment Report this Comment icon found on every comment.

Be the first one to comment on this article.

Sponsored Links

Leaked: Apple's Next Smart Device
(Warning, it may shock you)
The secret is out... experts are predicting 458 million of these types of devices will be sold per year. 1 hyper-growth company stands to rake in maximum profit - and it's NOT Apple. Show me Apple's new smart gizmo!

DocumentId: 2895820, ~/Articles/ArticleHandler.aspx, 11/1/2014 4:27:35 AM

Report This Comment

Use this area to report a comment that you believe is in violation of the community guidelines. Our team will review the entry and take any appropriate action.

Sending report...


Advertisement