|Occupation||Founder & Chairman; Chairman|
|Employer||Paulson & Co. Inc.|
Paulson has operated Paulson & Co. since 1994.
As early as 2005, Paulson noticed that residential real estate prices were growing at levels that were not sustainable and would generate a crisis. He used credit derivatives to bet against the housing market and reaped billions as a result. 
Since his rise to fame during the financial crisis, Paulson's hedge fund business had its struggles - his flagship fund lost 18 percent in 2016 and 23 percent in 2017. The firm's assets under management were $38 billion in 2011. By 2018, Paulson & Co's assets totaled some $9 billion. The underperformance resulted in cuts to staff in March 2018.
In January 2019, Paulson said he was considering closing down his fund to form a family office after years of investor outflows. 
In November 2009, Paulson gave $20 million to NYU Stern. The intention was that Paulson’s gift would endow two faculty chairs – the Alan Greenspan Chair in Economics and the John A. Paulson Professor of Finance and Alternative investments – as well as provide significant support for the school’s Concourse project, a major facilities renovation currently underway, and scholarship aid for undergraduate students.
Paulson holds Series 7, 24, 55 and 63 FINRA Licenses.
- Hedge Fund Manager Paulson Earns $3.7 Billion. Reuters.
- John Paulson: The Man Who Turned Contrarian Bets Into Billions. Business Insider.
- John Paulson takes an axe to his struggling hedge fund. Financial Times.
- Paulson to Decide on Switching to Family Office in Two Years. Bloomberg.
- Hedge Fund Founder John Paulson Gives $20 Million to NYU Stern. Philanthropy News.