There is enough wealth behind him — $7.2 billion was the last estimate by Forbes, where he was ranked 71 among the world’s wealthiest people in 2006 — to get a topline audience in any country. So, it wasn’t surprising to see India Inc sitting up. Soros didn’t quite deliver — instead of the money manager par excellence sharing his investment strategies in the global space, the 75-year-old self-made billionaire-philanthropist talked about subjects as diverse as global warming, George Bush, open societies and his theory of reflexivity.
Soros wants more. Within his greatly successful financial and philanthropic mind there lurks an eagerness to be accepted as a thinker. Many successful women and men live through life and decide the coordinates that have got them their success, try and transplant those coordinates onto others.Unfortunately, it requires more than success to be able to theorise; not many are able to cross the line from ‘successful businessman/investor/philanthropist’ to ‘successful thinker’.
Opinion in The Indian Express, December 20, 2006