George Soros slammed in premature obit

Reuters mistakenly publishes the billionaire's death notice. But the biggest surprise may be its brutal assessment of his life.

By Aimee Picchi Apr 19, 2013 1:00PM

File photo of George Soros , chairman of Soros Fund Management, during a panel discussion at the Nicolas Berggruen Conference in Berlin, Germany on Oct. 30, 2012 (© Thomas Peter/AP)On Thursday afternoon, billionaire and philanthropist George Soros was pronounced dead by Reuters. 

There was one big problem, though. Soros is still alive and kicking at age 82. The obituary was published by mistake and included dummy text for his age and place of death.

While some folks might enjoy getting the chance to read their obituary while still alive, Soros probably isn't too happy with Reuters' take on his life. That's because the news service gave a scathing assessment of the financier's career, calling him "predatory" and accusing him of hypocrisy. 

While Reuters pulled the obituary and apologized for the error, the full text of the article is available here 

Soros was taken to task for arguing "paradoxically for years against the same sort of free-wheeling capitalism that made him billions," the obituary noted. Soros, who ranks 25th on Bloomberg's billionaires list with assets of $22.9 billion, made his fortune with the Quantum Fund, a hedge fund.

While the story used XXXs to mark Soros' age and place of death, it didn't appear to be a rough draft, the Atlantic Wire notes

It's not the first time a publication has issued an obituary before a subject's earthly departure. That's because news outlets write obituaries for top figures long before their deaths, which allows publications to issue deeply researched and lengthy assessments immediately upon their demise. 

But that has led to some other premature obituaries as a result.

One of the biggest bloopers in recent years was Bloomberg's 2008 mistake of publishing an obituary for Apple (AAPL) co-founder Steve Jobs -- three years before he actually died. 

Like the Soros obituary, it included XXXs and a TK (a journalism term that means "to come," or information that will be added later to a story), tipping off readers that it wasn't actually a valid news report. 

As the Guardian notes in an article about premature death notices, "it was an occupational hazard for Mark Twain, who was twice reported dead. The first instance led to his immortal line: "The rumors of my death have been greatly exaggerated."

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Apr 19, 2013 1:11PM
Apr 19, 2013 3:24PM

George Soros is a modern day slave owner as he owns and has paid for Obama.

Obama is nothing more than a slave to Soros and in turn you are a slave to Obama and he continues to enslave you with his ridiculour and ineffective policies.  Notice how immature Obama acted during his speech about gun control, when he doesnt get his way he becomes out of control and threatening.  He coerces with fear and motivates with threats.

Enjoy Obamacare that will cost you suckers 4x to 8x more than originally projected.


Watch closely Obamas pants are usually on fire.

Apr 19, 2013 2:28PM
Soros will have to hire pallbearers when he dies. 
Apr 19, 2013 5:06PM
Damn that could have made my week hehehe
Apr 19, 2013 5:06PM
lol.  I really dislike this sickening liberal socialist.
Apr 19, 2013 2:44PM
The problem with doing that to a billionaire is that he can buy your rag and MAKE your obit happen.
Apr 20, 2013 3:31PM

George Soros, Jew and Nazi Collaborator, who said about the Nazi Occupation of Hungary in which half a million men, women and children were murdered by the Nazis and their collaborators was "the happiest time of my life".


According to a 60 Minutes interview (yes that right wing leaning news program) "George Soros collaborated with the Nazis rounding up the Jews to send to the extermination camps, and confiscating their property and belongings, and said he had “no sense of guilt” about what he did, and found it “exhilarating”, and liked the feeling of “absolute power”."


Shame the news media did not get this one correct - An obituary for someone like this cannot come too soon

Apr 21, 2013 11:32AM
As bad as Soros is, his three sons are even bigger parasites. Death needs to be a family event for the lot of them.
Apr 21, 2013 5:37PM
Sure are a lot of hillbillys or white cracker trash on here, making such wise remarks.
Apr 21, 2013 12:47PM
There are "two" other "too's"....Unless you count Et tu, Brute....Then there are three.
Apr 19, 2013 6:30PM

We need more people like George.Instead of poor slobs being jeolous of him they

should learn from him.He`s got it figured out.Most people are just too stupid and

broke to know.

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