John Paulson is an American hedge fund manager and philanthropist who has a net worth of $5 billion.

 John Paulson manages the hedge fund, Paulson & Company which at its peak managed as much as $18 billion. Today the firm manages around $8 billion.

Paulson is perhaps best-known for making $4 billion in 2007 betting against the US housing market.

The best transformed Paulson from obscure money manager to one of the all-time legends of the financial world.

John Paulson was born in Queens, New York in 1955. Paulson came from a wealthy family, albeit a family not nearly as wealthy as he would eventually become. 

He is the son of Alfredo Paulson who served as the Chief Financial Officer (or CFO) of Ruder Finn.

Rudder Finn was a public relations firm that was most well-known for representing client Phillip Morris, for whom they concocted a series of public relations efforts disputing the notion that cigarettes are bad for one's health.

Paulson married Jenny Zaharia in 2000. They have two daughters together. In September 2021 John filed for divorce. The couple reportedly does not have a prenuptial agreement.