John Paulson Fast Facts

John Alfred Paulson, president of Paulson & Co., Inc, attend the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee at a Capitol Hill hearing on the topic of 'The Regulation of Hedge Funds' on November 13, 2008 in Washington, DC.

(CNN)Here's a look at the life of John Paulson, hedge fund manager and founder of Paulson & Co.

Birth date:
December 14, 1955

Birth place: Queens, New York

Birth name: John Alfred Paulson

Father: Alfred Paulson

Mother: Jacqueline (Boklan) Paulson

Marriage: Jenny Zaharia (2000-present)

    Children: Two daughters

    Education: New York University, B.S., Finance, 1978; Harvard Business School, M.B.A., 1980

    Other Facts:
    Hedge fund manager and self-made billionaire.

    Founder, president and portfolio manager, Paulson & Company, Inc.

    Became a billionaire in 2007 by shorting subprime mortgage securities after the housing crash.

    1980-1982 -
    Consultant, Boston Consulting Group, a management consulting firm.

    1982-1984 - Associate with Odyssey Partners.

    1984-1988 - Managing director of mergers and acquisitions, Bear Stearns Companies, Inc.

    1988-1994 - General partner with arbitrage firm Gruss Partners.

    July 1994 - Paulson & Company, Inc. is established.

    2009 - Paulson's ability to foresee financial crisis and profit from the 2007 housing market crash is explained in Greg Zuckerman's book, "The Greatest Trade Ever Made."

    2009-2011 - Paulson's charitable donations include $15 million to the Center for Responsible Lending, $20 Million to New York University's Stern School of Business and $15 million to build a maternity hospital in Guayaquil, Ecuador, his father's homeland.

    2010 - Paulson's $4.9 billion take home salary sets a record for hedge fund industry earnings.

    2011 - His fortune declines by $3 billion in 2011 after making bad trades. Paulson invests personal wealth in gold and earns $3.1 billion from 2010-2011.

    October 23, 2012 - Donates $100 million to the Central Park Conservancy.

    March 2015 - Forbes names Paulson, with a net worth of $11.2 billion, number 113 on its annual World's Billionaires list.