NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- The gut-wrenching losses during the market tumble have been felt by the savviest financiers of Wall Street, including Warren Buffet who has lost nearly $10 billion of his personal fortune.
While the losses were plentiful, some of the most daring investors were actually able to turn profit during the mess. By betting against real estate when everyone else remained optimistic, hedge fund manager John Paulson was able to net $15 billion in returns. This equated to a personal profit of nearly $4 billion. His forethought during this period has gained the admiration of other famous investors such as George Soros .
John Paulson's Portfolio
A native of Queens, N.Y., Paulson appears to have been destined to have great economic insight from birth. His maternal grandfather, Arthur Boklan, a Wall Street banker during the 1929 crash, was able to remain prosperous during the Great Depression even as the rest of the nation suffered. Paulson's father was CFO of Ruder & Finn.
After high school, Paulson attended New York University where he graduated valedictorian of his class in 1978. Upon graduation, he immediately moved on to the Harvard Business School where he graduated as a Bakers Scholar,.Paulson headed to Wall Street, where he jumped from firm to firm. His resume includes big names such as Bear Stearns, where he worked on their mergers and acquisitions team and Gruss & Co. where he was employed as a mergers arbitrageur. In 1994 with $2 million of his own money, Paulson started his own hedge fund company. Though $2 million in assets is considered meager for a hedge fund, Paulson was able to use his careful investing choices to build an attractive track record. During the tech bubble that burned many, Paulson gained popularity by shorting firms, betting on mergers, and most notably, not losing his clients any cash. From 1999 to 2003 he saw his assets under management balloon to $600 million.
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