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Short Seller Block Takes On Paulson, Greenberg in China

Carson Block, a gangster rap enthusiast who doesn’t like to give his exact address because he said he’s received death threats, is taking responsibility for billions of dollars in stock declines that have left everyone from John Paulson to Hank Greenberg nursing losses.

Sino-Forest Corp., an operator of timber plantations backed by Paulson & Co., plunged 71 percent in two days last week after Block’s Muddy Waters Research said it was betting against the shares. Paulson, whose New York-based hedge fund earned $15 billion in a single year while Block was developing a company called Love Box Self Storage in Shanghai, may have lost $325 million on Toronto-traded Sino-Forest.