Soros Has Lunch with the FT
The FT article had the following tidbits about Soros' days as a trader (as opposed to his status as a "stateless statesman"):
Soros, however, is in a different league - so engagingly Olympian that he affects absent-mindedness about his greatest coup - Black Wednesday, September 16 1992. That day, when Soros successfully bet the British pound would be devalued, broke John Major's government, led to the election of the Labour party and entered political folklore as an unforgettable date. But not, it seems, to the man who made the most money out of it.
"Was it Wednesday?" he asks. "It was Thursday, I think."
"Wednesday," I confirm. "Definitely Wednesday."
"Was it?" he asks again, seeming to distance himself from his former self.
But it is for making money that he is best known. Stories abound about Soros the financier - about how he lost millions in Russia and Japan, about how he always wanted to raise the stakes. His $1bn profit on Black Wednesday, for example, came because he had bet $10bn. Investing also brought him pain - because of his fear of losing what he had risked. Despite all of Soros's talk of reflexivity, he admits he often sensed trouble with his investments because of an ache in his back.