Why are rumors George Soros, 92, has died trending?


George Soros has taken to Twitter to confirm he is alive and that hasn’t had a heart attack, despite internet rumors.

‘Rumors that I had a heart attack are completely false. I am alive and healthy,’ he posted on Monday morning.

The bizarre claim that billionaire George Soros had died began trending on Twitter overnight – despite the fake story coming from an account with only three followers.

Illustrating just how rife fake news can be on Twitter, a since-deleted tweet by Politics For All Ireland said the 92-year-old had died. The tweet snowballed and went viral after it was repeatedly shared.

But Soros, who has used his wealth to reshape America in his liberal vision by bankrolling campaigns for woke district attorneys across the country, is alive and well, a spokesperson also told DailyMail.com. 

Here, DailyMail.com takes a look at who Soros is and why fake rumors that the billionaire had died were trending.

George Soros has taken to Twitter on Monday morning to confirm he is alive and that hasn't had a heart attack - despite internet rumors

George Soros has taken to Twitter on Monday morning to confirm he is alive and that hasn’t had a heart attack – despite internet rumors

A bizarre rumor that billionaire George Soros (pictured with his son Alex) has died began trending on Twitter overnight - despite the fake story coming from an account with three followers.

A bizarre rumor that billionaire George Soros (pictured with his son Alex) has died began trending on Twitter overnight – despite the fake story coming from an account with three followers.

Who is George Soros?

Billionaire and philanthropist George Soros, 92, made his fortune in hedge funds and is now known as a pro-democracy campaigner who has founded Open Society Foundations. 

This has made him a favorite target of conservatives. Since the Jan. 6 attack on Congress, he has used his extensive wealth to back candidates he says are promoting democracy and the rule of law.

But Soros, a Hungarian-born businessman, has been criticized for throwing millions behind woke district attorneys who support his leftist agenda. 

The billionaire’s DAs have stripped away bail laws and opted to forgo prosecuting crimes like theft and reckless driving, effectively giving criminals a free pass and leading to the breakdown of law and order across the United States.

Soros has long backed liberal politics. The billionaire is pictured above with Nancy Pelosi and his son Alex

Soros has long backed liberal politics. The billionaire is pictured above with Nancy Pelosi and his son Alex

As a direct result, crime has skyrocketed in major cities overseen by Soros’s DAs. In 2021 under Kim Foxx’s reign, Chicago had the most murders it’s seen since 1994. And in Philadelphia, drug use and violent crime has seen a surge since Larry Krasner took office.

Soros has long backed liberal politics. In the 2000s he was an outspoken opponent of President George W. Bush and donated millions to hinder his reelection, and later donated heavily to the presidential campaigns of Barack Obama and Hilary Clinton. 

The billionaire is known in the UK as ‘the man who broke the Bank of England’ on Black Wednesday in 1992, when he turned a billion-dollar profit by making currency bets that forced the UK out of the Exchange Rate Mechanism.

Soros has been wed three times and divorced twice and is currently married to 51-year-old health care consultant Tamiko Bolton, who is 42 years his junior.

In the past three decades, Soros has given away more than $7billion to promote democracy, foster free speech, improve education and fight poverty around the world.

Why is ‘Is George Soros dead?’ trending on Twitter? 

Last night, Twitter account Politics for All Ireland, which had three followers at the time, tweeted that Soros’ family had confirmed the billionaire had passed away.

The since deleted tweet was quickly picked up by conspiracy theorist Twitter user Cillian who claimed that Soros had died of a ‘violent heart attack’. 

Cillian’s tweet was viewed more than 745,000 times and quickly went viral, with many users believing that Soros had died.

However, it was confirmed that Soros has not died and is alive and well.

A spokesperson for the Open Society Foundations said: ‘George Soros is alive and healthy. Rumors on social media that he suffered a heart attack and died are false.’ 

It was confirmed that Soros (pictured in 2019 in Vienna, Austria) has not died and is alive and well.

It was confirmed that Soros (pictured in 2019 in Vienna, Austria) has not died and is alive and well.

Is this the first time Soros has been rumored to have died? 

This is not the first time that rumors of Soros’ ‘death’ has made headlines. 

In 2013, Reuters news agency was left red-faced after it accidentally published his pre-written obituary.

The obituary, which was online for 30 minutes before being deleted, read: ‘George Soros, who died XXX at age XXX, was a predatory and hugely successful financier and investor, who argued paradoxically for years against the same sort of free-wheeling capitalism that made him billions.’ 

Reuters apologized for the mistake at the time. It said in a statement: ‘Reuters erroneously published an advance obituary of financier and philanthropist George Soros. A spokesman for Soros said that the New York-based financier is alive and well. Reuters regrets the error.’

The billionaire (pictured in 2002 in London) is known in the UK as 'the man who broke the Bank of England' on Black Wednesday in 1992, when he turned a billion-dollar profit by making currency bets that forced the UK out of the Exchange Rate Mechanism

The billionaire (pictured in 2002 in London) is known in the UK as ‘the man who broke the Bank of England’ on Black Wednesday in 1992, when he turned a billion-dollar profit by making currency bets that forced the UK out of the Exchange Rate Mechanism



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