John Paulson

Born December 14, 1955 (1955-12-14) (age 53)
Nationality American
Alma mater Harvard Business School (M.B.A.)
New York University (B.Sc.)
Occupation Hedge fund manager
Net worth ▲ 4.5 billion USD

John Alfred Paulson (born December 14, 1955) is president of Paulson & Co., Inc., a New York-based hedge fund.

Paulson received his bachelor's degree in finance from New York University’s College of Business and Public Administration, where he graduated first in his class, and an Master of Business Administration from Harvard Business School, where he was designated a Baker Scholar, the school's top academic honor, for graduating in the top 5 percent.[1] Paulson began his career at Boston Consulting Group before leaving to join Odyssey Partners, working under Leon Levy. He later worked in the mergers and acquisitions group at Bear Stearns. Prior to founding his own firm, he was a partner at mergers arbitrage firm Gruss Partners LP. In 1994, he founded his own hedge fund with $2 million and two employees (himself and an assistant).

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Paulson & Co., Inc. had assets under management (as of June 1, 2007) of $12.5 billion (95% from institutions), which leapt to $36 billion as of November 2008.[2] Under his direction, Paulson & Co has capitalized on the problems in the foreclosure and mortgage backed securities (MBS) markets. In 2008 he decided to start a new fund that would capitalize on Wall Street's capital problems by lending money to investment banks and other hedge funds currently feeling the pressure of the more than $345 billion of write downs resulting from under-performing assets linked to the housing market. On May 15, 2008, Paulson & Co., which bought 50 million shares of Yahoo stock during the first quarter of 2008, said it is supporting Carl Icahn on a proxy fight to replace Yahoo's board.[3] In early 2008, the firm hired former Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan.

In September 2008, Paulson has bet against four of the five biggest British banks. His positions included a £350m bet against shares in Barclays; £292m against Royal Bank of Scotland; and £260m against Lloyds TSB.[4] He eventually booked a profit of as much as £280m after reducing its short position in RBS in January 2009.[5] Paulson & Co., the hedge fund run by billionaire John Paulson, may have lost out on about 218 million pounds in profit after failing to close a short position in Barclays.[6] On August 12, 2009, Paulson purchased 2 million shares of Goldman Sachs as well as 35 million shares in Regions Financial.[7]
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John Paulson is not related to former Goldman Sachs CEO and U.S. Treasury Secretary Hank Paulson.[8][9][10] A September 26, 2008 Wall Street Journal opinion written by John Paulson suggested an alternative to the Treasury Secretary's plan for stabilizing the markets.[11]

Paulson is #33 on the Forbes 400 list of wealthiest Americans[12] and is worth approximately $6.8 billion as of 2009.