Soros' Top Picks

By Investopedia Staff | January 11, 2011 AAA

Regular investors routinely "coattail" the securities holdings of mutual funds, portfolio managers and high profile investors in hopes of generating a high rate of return. Some superstar managers are particularly closely watched due to their impressive track record and experiences. One of the most reknowned fund managers is George Soros.

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While Soros currently runs the hedge fund Soros Fund Management., he is most revered for managing the Quantum Fund. For more than three decades, this maverick hedge fund manager generated 30.5% average annual returns, after management fees.

Trading Style
Soros is a short-term speculator. He makes massive, highly-leveraged bets on the direction of the financial markets. the Quantum fund was known for its global macro strategy, a philosophy centered around making massive, one-way bets on the movements of currency rates, commodity prices, stocks, bonds, derivatives and other assets based on macroeconomic analysis. (For related reading, see George Soros: The Philosophy Of An Elite Investor)


George Soros will always be remembered as "the man who broke the Bank of England." A well-known currency speculator, Soros does not limit his efforts to a particular geographic area, instead considering the entire world when seeking opportunities. In September of 1992, he borrowed billions of dollars worth of British pounds and converted them to German marks.

When the pound crashed, Soros repaid his lenders based on the new, lower value of the pound, pocketing in excess of $1 billion in the difference between the value of the pound and the value of the mark during a single day's trading. He made nearly $2 billion in total after unwinding his position.

Soros' Holdings
Here are a list of Soros Fund Management's top holdings:


Company Market Cap % Composition
SPDR Gold Trust (NYSE:GLD) 57.11B 8.98%
Monsanto Company (NYSE:MON) 40.16B 4.67%
InterOil Corp. (NYSE:IOC) 3.41B 4.11%
Plains Exploration & Production Company (NYSE:PXP) 4.74B 2.70%
Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd (Nasdaq:TEVA) 50.83B 1.93%

Bottom Line
Over the course of more than three decades, George Soros made the right moves nearly every time, generating legions of fans among traders and investors, and legions of detractors among those on the losing end of his speculative activities. (Read about some of the other spectacular bets made in history in The Greatest Currency Trades Ever Made.)
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