What is George Soros's skill set?

It seems he has an innate understanding of human behavior!

It is shocking how successful he has been, especially since he is not a value investor (Buffet) or math genius (Thorp) or criminal (Cohen).

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  • Is this really so opinion-based as to be unanswerable? I think a well-defended answer is possible, citing Soros' writings. – Ben Miller May 15 '17 at 22:43

If you’re interested in Soros, his books are all worth a read. He is a strange and alchemic mix of analysis, philosophy, gut feel/biological feedback and student of history.

Arguably his fundamental skill has been his insights and bets around reflexivity and its consequences on markets. He was also one of the earlier financial stars to embrace Popper and the broad implications of empirical falsification.

In overly simplistic and arguable terms: what Buffet has been to the underlying fundamentals of companies, Soros has been to the fundamentals of crowds, individuals and governments.

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