George Soros is a Hungarian-American business magnate famously referred to as “The Man Who Broke the Bank of England” after profiting a whopping $1 billion in a single day during the currency crisis in the U.K. on the day known as Black Wednesday.
The self-made billionaire got his start in finance after he fled Hungary to England where he attended the London School of Economics in 1952. He later moved to New York City where he started working as a financial analyst and trader. In 1969, he started what eventually became the Quantum Fund, one of the world’s first hedge funds.
Soros became a philanthropist in the 1970s. He started by providing funds to help South African black students attend the University of Cape Town. He is a leading donator in the world to progressive and liberal causes throughout Europe.