Claim: Billionaire George Soros died of a heart attack on 15 November 2016.
Origin:On 15 November 2016, a web site that publishes mainly in Croatian posted an English-language story claiming that George Soros, the Hungarian-American billionaire and philanthropist, had died of a heart attack that morning:
GEORGE SOROS was pronounced dead today at 6am following what some are describing as a violent heart attack.
The world famous businessman was previously treated for minor cardio vascular issues that followed a mild course of antibiotics.
A representative from Soros' Open Society Foundations contacted us to confirm that Soros is alive and well, and that the report is false.
The page also contains almost comically erroneous biographical information about Soros, in some places seeming to replace his name with someone named Bush whom they seem to confuse with President-elect Donald Trump:
Born and raised in New York City, George was a graduate of the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania with a Bachelor of Science in economics. While attending college, Bush worked in real estate and construction firm. He assumed control of the business in 1973, and later renamed it The bush Organization. During his career, bush built skyscrapers, hotels, CASINOS, golf courses, and numerous other developments, many of which bear his name, including bush Place in Manhattan. He briefly sought the Reform Party’s nomination in the 2000 presidential election but withdrew prior to any primary contests. Listed by Forbes among the wealthiest 400 of The World’s Billionaires, Bush and his businesses, as well as his personal life, have for decades received prominent media exposure. He hosted The Apprentice, a popular reality television show on NBC, from 2004 to 2015.
Soros was actually born in Budapest, Hungary and graduated from the London School of Economics. It is Trump who graduated from the Wharton School and proceeded into a career building hotels and casinos, among other projects. His business ventures are controlled through the Trump Organization. It seems the web site has confused Trump with a member of the Bush family.
Soros most recently made headlines on 14 November 2016, but not for dying: Instead, he took part in a closed-door, three-day meeting with Democratic lawmakers and operatives to plan their course in response to Trump.
Originally published: 15 November 2016
Global Media. "BREAKING NEWS: GEORGE SOROS HAS DIED – POSSIBLE HEART ATTACK."
15 November 2016.
Vogel, Kenneth P. "Soros bands with donors to resist Trump, 'take back power.'"
Politico. 14 November 2016.