Born in Budapest in 1930, he survived both the Nazi and Soviet occupation before eventually moving to the US where he made his fortune from hedge funds.
But those dealings, as with many on Wall Street, were not without controversy.
Amidst rumors that he and Dancing with the Stars partner Vanessa Lachey don't exactly get along, Maksim Chmerkovskiy has come out and attempted to quiet all such chatter.
He's issued a direct apology to the television personality.
It looks like we can put rumors of a Dancing with the Stars feud to rest.