John Paulson almost didn't go into investing, believe it or not.
The now-billionaire was into the arts in his youth, pursuing interests such as creative writing and film production. He dropped out of college at NYU in the 1970s, but eventually found his way to the business path. He has said a trip to visit a wealthy uncle in Ecuador brought him "back to liking money again."
Paulson's affinity for the finer things in life and business savvy have worked out well. He has built a personal net worth Forbes estimates to be $9.8 billion, and his hedge fund, Paulson & Co., is one of Wall Street's most closely observed. He has been generous with his wealth as well and in 2015 gave a $400 million endowment to Harvard -- the institution's largest gift ever.
Paulson's current investment portfolio at Paulson & Co. includes 77 publicly listed equity positions, as per his most recent 13F. The regulatory filing, corresponding to Dec. 31, 2015, lists holdings valued at $16.7 billion in total.
Here are 10 stocks the hedge fund manager bought into during the fourth quarter.