Born: December 14, 1955
John Alfred Paulson 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,1978 , where he graduated first in his class, and a 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. 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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