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American Businessman George Soros Is Still Alive

Wesam Abo Marq Wesam Abo Marq
16th May 2023
American Businessman George Soros Is Still Alive
The claim is unsubstantiated (Getty)

The Claim

The Hungarian-American businessman George Soros has died of a massive heart attack.

Emerging story

Social media users and pages online alleged that George Soros, a Hungarian-American businessman, passed away due to a severe cardiac arrest.

The assertion emerged in the context of the Turkish presidential elections, as George Soros is recognized for his support of the opposition leader Kemal Kilicdaroglu against Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

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Misbar’s Analysis

Misbar investigated the circulating claim and found it to be fake.

No reliable media source or family members made any statements regarding his death.

George Soros’s Twitter Account Refuted the Claim

George Soros, the chair of Soros Fund Management LLC and founder of the Open Society Foundations, refuted the death claim through his official Twitter account. 

On May 15, he posted a tweet stating that the rumors of a heart attack were untrue and reassuring his supporters that he is alive and in good health. 

The tweet stated, "The rumors that I had a heart attack are completely false. I am alive and healthy."

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Photo Description: A screenshot of George Soros’s tweet.

Who Is George Soros?

According to his website, George Soros is recognized as one of the most prominent benefactors, having donated over $32 billion from his personal wealth to support the endeavors of the Open Society Foundations worldwide.

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Photo Description: A screenshot of Gerorge Soros’s official website.

Additionally, he holds the distinction of being the founder and primary financial supporter of the Central European University, situated in Budapest, which serves as a prominent hub for social science studies in the region.

Why is George Soros’s Name Associated with Turkey?

Back in 2018, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan claimed that Soros was involved in attempts to create divisions among nations.

As a result, George Soros's Open Society Foundations made the decision to halt its operations in Turkey. The organization chose to discontinue its activities in response to the President.

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The Turkish interior ministry stated that there is a connection between the Soros foundation and the 2013 Gezi Park protests, which posed a significant challenge to President Erdogan's 15-year rule. However, the Open Society Foundations vehemently denied any involvement or association with the protests.

In 2018, President Erdogan criticized George Soros while discussing the detention of 13 activists and academics who were accused of supporting Osman Kavala, a jailed businessman and human rights advocate, in reviving the Gezi protests. Erdogan claimed that Kavala, who allegedly financed the protests, had ties to George Soros. Erdogan referred to Soros as a "famous Hungarian Jew" and accused him of being a figure who deliberately seeks to divide and destabilize nations using his substantial financial resources.

2023 Turkey Elections

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and his main opponent, Kemal Kilicdaroglu, will face each other in a runoff election as Erdogan fell short of the 50% threshold needed for an outright victory.

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Erdogan secured 49.51% of the vote while Kilicdaroglu received 44.88%, with a few overseas votes yet to be counted. The head of the supreme electoral board stated that even after the remaining overseas votes were accounted for, no candidate would secure the required majority to win outright. 

The runoff election is scheduled for May 28. A third candidate, Sinan Ogan, who garnered 5.17% of the vote, emerged as a potential influencer in the election. The official voter turnout reached a record high of 88.9%.

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