We Face the most serious recession in our lifetime
‘This is a period of wealth destruction. The people who make money will be few and far between. There will be a lot more money lost than made.” When George Soros – the phenomenally successful hedge fund manager – says this, you know something is wrong, very wrong. And indeed it is. The 77-year-old billionaire sinks back into the sofa in his Chelsea townhouse and exhales.
He has managed to make money almost consistently for over half a century – from his early days as one of the world’s first major hedge fund traders to his involvement in Black Wednesday as the man who “broke the Bank of England”, and in the latter years generating multi-billion-dollar annual profits throughout the 1990s. The conditions today are almost uniquely dismal, however.
“I think this is probably more serious than anything in our lifetime,” he says. In short, his feeling is that the United States and Britain are facing a recession of a scale greater than the early-1990s, greater even than the 1970s.