George Soros

Soros in 2011, photo by Harald Dettenborn

Birth Name: György Schwartz

Place of Birth: Budapest, Hungary

Date of Birth: 12 August, 1930

Ethnicity: Ashkenazi Jewish

George Soros is a Hungarian and American investor, business magnate, philanthropist, political activist, and author. He has donated over 60% of his original fortune to the Open Society Foundations.

George was born in Budapest, the son of Erzsébet/Elizabeth/Elisabeth and Tivadar Soros (born Theodor Schwarz), a lawyer, author, editor, and World War I veteran. His brother was private investor and philanthropist Paul Soros. His family was Jewish, with ancestors from Hungary, Romania, Austria, Czechia, Germany, and France.

George’s family changed their surname to Soros in the 1930s, to avoid anti-Jewish sentiment. During the Holocaust, his family survived by using forged documents to pose as non-Jews. George’s father saved many other Hungarian Jews.

George moved to England in 1947, and to New York City, U.S., in 1956. He is a citizen of Hungary and the U.S.

George is married to businessperson Tamiko Bolton, who has Japanese ancestry. He has three children with his former wife, German immigrant Annaliese Witschak; and two children with his former wife, historian Susan Weber.

George’s paternal grandfather was Moritz/Mór Dov Schvarz/Schwartz (the son of Meinhard/Menyhert Menachem Mendel Schwartz and Eszter/Esther Sternberg). Moritz was born in Baktalórántháza, Baktalórántházai, Szabolcs-Szatmár-Bereg, Hungary. Meinhard was born in Nyírcsászári. Eszter was born in Carei, Satu Mare County, Romania, the daughter of Naftali Antal Sternberg and Katalin Gittel Ullmann.

George’s paternal grandmother was Berta/Bertha Perl Majer/Mayer (the daughter of Yisroel Yehuda Hakohein and Devora Weisz). Bertha was born in Satu Mare, Satu Mare County, Romania.

George’s maternal grandfather was Mor Szűcs/Schwartz (the son of Hermann/Armin Zvi Schwartz and Julianna Jittel Sternberg). Mor was born in Nyirbakta, Szabolcs, Hungary. Julianna was born in Carei, Carei, Satu Mare County, Romania, the daughter of Naftali Antal Sternberg and Katalin Gittel Ullmann.

George’s maternal grandmother was Irma Brust (the daughter of Franz Brust and Kornelia Rozália Haas). Irma was born in Csákvár, Hungary. Franz was the son of Samuel Bruszt/Brust and Regina/Rakhel Rózsa Pràger. Kornelia was the daughter of Abraham Haas and Rosalia Back.


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