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In pretty much every industry in this world, there are bound to be winners and losers. However, the Forex market has this small gap between success and failure. This is the buffer zone as I like to call it. A zone where pretty much 90% of modern traders reside. It’s right between becoming incredibly rich with your trades or losing everything you own. I know it sounds bleak but it’s what it is.
While residing in this buffer zone, we usually disregard looking down and seeing all of the people that have faced terrible failures and are now not even able to make simple trades. No, we refuse to learn from their mistakes, we prefer to look up top and listen to the advice we receive from some of the best Forex traders in the world. Look at them, aren’t they marvelous? These top traders are the ones every single one of us aspires to be. Immensely successful, filthy rich and quite a lot of influence. Of course, you want to be one of them, when you get to know who they are.
It must be hard to even comprehend how these people were able to reach such heights, but in all honesty, it’s very easy to learn from them as they have documented pretty much all of their lives. If you are a beginner in Forex trading, listening to these peoples’ advice will surely give you at least some kind of value. But who are they? Are they some mysterious beings out of this world? No, they’re just ordinary people like you and me. Let’s get to know the stories of the successful Forex trader stories in South Africa, and outside of it, shall we?
Now I need to warn you before we start discussing Sandile. He is by far not one of the top traders in the world. However, I thought that he deserved a spot on this list as he is considered to be one of the best Forex traders in South Africa. Besides he is so young and managed to achieve so much, he needs to be mentioned in this article.
Sandile Shezi is quite the odd one out when compared to other traders in the Forex industry. His story is quite similar to the ones we will list below. The man had very humble beginnings in South Africa but was able to outmatch some of the most prominent adult traders in the world right now. I know he is better than me and most of the traders I know personally. But the amount of risk this young man took in order to get to where he is right now is astonishing. If 1 small thing had gone wrong, he would have to face poverty for arguably the rest of his life. He has become an inspiration to many young Forex traders in South Africa.
You see Sandile Shezi grew up in a ghetto. He lived in a very unwelcoming and poor neighborhood, even during a time when employment was not quite easy for a South African. However, he was attending a local school. The school required a tuition every once in a while and Sandile used to pay it himself. Well, by himself I mean he was given the money and then he made the payment. But one day, when he was given the tuition for the school, he took it and invested it all into the Forex market. When I first heard about this, I cringed to my core as I imagined myself in his position. The amount of stress that comes with it is really hard to deal with, even for a 26-year-old.
However, everything worked out for Sandile and he was able to make a fortune and become one of the most successful Forex traders in South Africa. But, he has admitted that with the knowledge he has now, he wouldn’t make such a risk. So listen closely if you are in school. Don’t do what he did, it’s extremely risky. Most of Sandile’s expertise in the Foreign Exchange market came after he made his fortune. He created a school for Forex trading, which he calls the Global Forex Institute. He himself is a teacher in the Institute and teaches young entrepreneurs how to get behind Forex and actually earn a living from it. He was actually mentored by one of the top Forex traders in South Africa, George van der Riet.
George van der Riet was born in Cape Town, South Africa. Despite the fact that the life in the city was quite pleasing to him, he still moved to the UK to start his education. After years of studying finance in Manchester, he became a Forex trader in one of the largest UK finance firms. This not only developed his skills in finance further but also awakened a new goal, an entrepreneurial goal. After so many years of working for a company, he decided that it was time to strike out on his own and started conducting trades for himself. Soon enough the man was known as one of one of the richest Forex traders in South Africa. After all the success, George decided that it was time to return home, where he was received with open arms. Although there were more than enough job offers to go around in Cape Town, George with his now perfected entrepreneurial skills, decided to strike out on his own once again. In 2010 when he came back, he met Sandile Shezi, with whom he then made the Global Forex Institute with the aim of developing the industry further in his home country.
You may think that the list of successful Forex traders in South Africa is small, so they would not have too much competition among themselves, but you would be wrong. Ref Wayne has a very similar story as Sandile Shezi. He was able to become one of the most successful Forex traders in South Africa at the age of 22 when he finally declared that he is a multimillionaire.
He is believed to be one of the smartest Forex traders in the world, which in fact helped him to develop his own Forex institute, which he called the African Forex Institute, not to be confused with Sandile’s and George’s Global Forex Institute, however. Wayne has also released a lot of free Forex trading strategies for his followers, which was quickly gobbled up by the ambitious South Africa Forex traders. Besides these successes, Ref is considered to be the creator of the first African cryptocurrency, which he named Pip coin.
Kovner has humble beginnings. Because of this, he may be regarded as a man we can easily relate to. He was born in Brooklyn, New York and had nothing to do with being a top Forex trader in the world or even in the US until his 30s. Bruce led most of his life like any of us would do, chasing success, trying various things and hoping it would work out. However, Bruce managed to make a very successful investment when he was 32 years old. He had about $3,000 on his credit card and decided to invest that in some Soybean futures. Can you imagine? Just soybeans and the man was able to make about $23,000 with that. The profit was amazing but he could have made more if he was more attentive and pulled out of the trade a bit earlier. That would have landed him with a $40,000 profit instead of $23,000. After making this profit, Bruce had sort of an enlightenment moment, which led him to learn about the proper appropriation of risk in investments. Thanks to his newfound skill he was able to reach the success he has right now. Thanks to this one lesson, we are now able to feature him in this Top Forex traders list.
After the successful trade, Bruce started working in a Commodities Corporation, gathering more knowledge. After a few years of working there, he left to create his own company, called Caxton Corporation. Later he added Caxton Associates his list of companies and concentrated most of his efforts on working with Foreign Exchange. The company became immensely successful. The most they have made was about $14 billion in a year.
Urs is pretty under-appreciated in the Forex community. He actually deserves to be in much higher regard than he currently is right now. At some point, he was just an inch away from becoming the most successful Forex trader in the world. He was able to achieve most of his success on his own, just by working with his abilities and knowledge.
You might think that Urs is German. However, it may come as a surprise when I tell you that he was born and raised in Switzerland and worked at the Swiss Bank Corporation. Because of his immense skill with currencies, he was employed in the bank’s Foreign affairs division and later transferred to the foreign exchange market division. This naturally, only increased his experience and expertise in the subject.
After a lot of success at his job, he was going to be sent to London. Before leaving for Britain, his father, despite not having too much to his name, gave his son some money for his trip. About a hundred-thousand Swiss Francs about ZAR 1.5 million by today’s standards, which were the gateway to him becoming arguably the best Forex trader in the world. Urs was able to invest it all in Forex and make his first million just at the age of 24. Before starting his company, Urs continued to trade on the market, making millions and millions privately. However, nowadays Urs is refusing to trade with other people’s money as he says that it gives him a false perception of the risk. By trading with his own money he wouldn’t take the same risks that he would otherwise. But this doesn’t mean that “normal risks” for him are the same normal risks for us. The man is notorious for taking risks that even large companies wouldn’t dare to consider. He is able to do this while also maintaining the reputation of a very calm, collected and careful trader. Thanks to his skills, he is regarded as one of the best, if not the best Forex trader in the world. There could be a lot you could learn from him on your quest to become the best Forex trader in South Africa.
At this point, I think I don’t even need to explain to you who George Soros is. If you and I are living in the same age, we already know who George Soros is, even without a Google search. But you may not know that George Soros is actually considered to be one of the most successful Forex traders in the world. But that doesn’t shield him from hundreds of conspiracy theories and scandals that are directed to him. After all, being the breaker of the Bank of England lands you some enemies. Enemies who will do everything in their power to bring you down and see you fail. But since we’re already here, let’s still discuss what his life was about, how he came to be this rich and influential, and most importantly, how he the nickname of “The man who broke the Bank of England”.George’s real name is Gyorgy Schwartz. However, the name needed to be changed a bit, as when he was a small child, he quite a lot of enemies. You see, Soros grew up when Nazi Germany was still rampaging all over Europe and his father believed that it would have been best to change the name and appear to be foreign. Since George was so young when his name was changed, it stuck with him for the rest of his life, that’s why we call him George today and not Gyorgy. Later on, he and his family moved to Switzerland, somewhere in 1946, and then to London the following year. You might find this extremely weird, but George actually has a bachelor’s degree in Philosophy, although he went to the London School of Economics. However, thanks to the nature of his school he was still able to land a job in a local bank. This is where he was exposed to most of the experience he has today in Forex. Quite a similar story to the ones we’ve already listed. It seems to be a trend for all of the successful Forex traders, to have something to do with banks.
After his years of experience in the banking sector of the financial world, he decided to create his own company. The decision was swiftly followed by founding the Soros Fund Management company in 1969. The company concentrated on managing hedge funds as the name implies and has reportedly made more than $40 billion in revenue since it started operations. After this success, George founded the Quantum Fund in 1970 through which he engaged in Forex trading. George did something unthinkable for the time. He took about 10 billion GBP and short sold them, which in turn managed to make him 1 Billion GBP in a single day, which is why he is on this Top Forex traders list. That is why he is called the man who broke the bank of England. Because of his actions, the GBP had to actually leave the European Foreign Exchange because it dropped way too low. Because of his actions, the bank was forced to withdraw the currency from the market. One single man affected a bank on a massive scale.
Krieger had a childhood similar to ours. He didn’t really face too much hardship when growing up. After growing up, it was time for him to go to college. He and his family decided that the Wharton School of Business was a very good match for him. The school is part of the University of Pennsylvania. Thanks to the renowned name of the school, he was able to step on the path of becoming one of the most famous and successful Forex traders in the world. However, compared to everyone else on the list, Krieger was able to achieve his success in just a few years, a lot faster than his peers. Just like everybody else, Krieger has experience of working in a bank. Right after graduating he joined the Salomon Brothers and then quickly moved to the Bankers Trust company. Thanks to his performance in the Bankers Trust company, he was able to accumulate quite a large following as well as a great reputation of a savvy and smart businessman. After so much success, the company couldn’t ignore Krieger and increased his standard $50 million trading capital to $700 million, that used to be unheard of. The things he did should be a lesson to all of the Forex traders in South Africa. The capital helped him make his fortune which he still enjoys to this day. It happened when the dreadful October 19th arrived.
At this time there was complete mayhem on the markets. Not only were the stock markets down, but the Foreign exchange market was also suffering. In this time it was quite hard to find a way to actually benefit the company in some way. However, Krieger was very attentive. He quickly saw that the New Zealand Dollar was overvalued at that moment. Because of his immense capital and leverage of 400:1, he was able to start short selling the NZD. This strategy helped him to make more than $300 million for the company. $300 million just from 1 employee, can you believe that? However, Krieger later left the Bankers Trust company because of the small bonus he received. After making so much money, you’d expect that the man would receive a nice chunk of it right? Well, no he actually got only 1%, $3 million. This was the reason why he left the company but brought along with him the title of one of the most successful Forex traders in the world.
Well, you’ve probably already noticed some kind of similarities between these giants of Forex trading. Let’s try to bring it more into perspective and understand the way these people thought when they were making their money.
Some may tell you that you don’t really need a degree in economics or finance to be able to trade successfully. And I support that claim, however, proper education is never something to say no to. The more you learn the more likely you are to start trading easily. You see it’s not only about the way you can make trades, but it’s also about the knowledge of how the prices can be affected by the economy. Thanks to this knowledge, we can see most of these top Forex traders in South Africa make their fortunes. I’m not saying that you should go for a degree that will immediately put you into debt, however. Find a university or school that can provide you education with at least a modest sum, or for free, there’s quite a lot of them around the world. Remember, in the world of Forex, it’s always best to know more than you need.
All of the people above have made some of the biggest risks in their lives when they made so much money. Every single one of them was risking something when investing, especially when they were depending on those funds. For example, Sandile would have lost his chance at an education and Urs would have gone dirt poor if he lost those investments. It’s important to understand that becoming a Top Forex trader in South Africa and all over the world comes with great risk. However, you don’t necessarily need to risk your livelihood to get ahead. Keep them on a manageable level, always have a backup plan and go at it without a second thought. Who knows, maybe you’ll break the Bank of South Africa.