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) Paulson (2000-present)

    Children: Giselle; Danielle

    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.

    June 3, 2015 - Harvard announces that Paulson is donating $400 million to endow the engineering school, which will be renamed the Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences. It is the largest gift in Harvard University's history.