George Soros, Westchester, NY
$0 to winners, $3,035,000 to losers
George Soros is a Hungarian-American investor who established the Quantum Fund, one of the first hedge funds. He has earned billions on risky trades and donated much of it to liberal political and philanthropic causes. He has written several books on finance and has warned more than once of imminent economic collapse. He’s an outspoken proponent of the theory of reflexivity, which he uses to explain financial markets. He survived the Nazi occupation of Hungary, went to London, then came to the United States in 1956.
Total contributions: $3,035,000
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Source: Contribution data from National Institute on Money in State Politics
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