George Soros Obituary Mistakenly Published by Reuters, Apology Follows

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Friday, 19 Apr 2013 01:25 PM

By Michael Mullins

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Billionaire investor George Soros is not dead, despite a pre-written obituary that Reuters mistakenly published Thursday night.

The obituary of the Hungarian-born, 82-year-old billionaire was published with the headline "George Soros, enigmatic financier, liberal philanthropist dies at XX" and was reportedly removed from the website 30 minutes later, according to The Guardian.

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Reuters issued an apology soon after.

Unfortunately for the news outlet, the story was shared many times on social media. Twitter users shared it well over a thousand times before the story was taken down.

"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," the story said.

Reuters reporter Todd Eastham wrote the story.

"He was known as 'the man who broke the Bank of England' for selling short the British pound in 1992 and helping force the United Kingdom to withdraw from the European Exchange Rate Mechanism, which devalued the pound and earned Soros more than $1bn (£650m)," the Reuters obituary continued.

Soros, who has a net worth of $19.2 billion, according to Forbes Magazine, resides in Katonah, N.Y.

An ardent progressive, in November of 2003, Soros told The Washington Post that removing President George W. Bush from office was the "central focus of my life" and "a matter of life and death."

Over the years, Soros has consistently given millions of dollars to liberal organizations, such as the Center for American Progress, MoveOn.org, and Priorities USA Action.

Publications routinely write and shelve obituaries for famous individuals before they die so the story can be published as soon as their passing has been confirmed.

In 2008, Forbes notes that Bloomberg News released a premature obituary of Apple co-founder Steve Jobs, who died in October 2011.

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