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John Paulson, Winner in 2008 Crisis, Latest to Quit Hedge Funds

  • John Paulson once had one of the world’s biggest hedge funds
  • He was unable to replicate the huge success he had earlier
John Paulson

John Paulson

Photographer: Rick Maiman/Bloomberg

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Just over a decade after John Paulson shot to fame and fortune, he’s become the latest big-name money manager to quit the hedge-fund business, saying this week he’s converting his firm into a family office.

Paulson never managed to sustain the success and notoriety he found by betting against the housing market in the run up to the last financial crisis. Now, in the midst of an another period of economic turmoil, he’s returning outside investors’ money to focus on his own fortune, which the Bloomberg Billionaires Index puts at $4.4 billion.