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Four directors at Paulson Europe bag GBP50.8m ($81.4m) in 2009 after successfully betting on ailing UK banking sector

Friday, January 08, 2010
Opalesque Industry Updates - ‘Make hay while the sun doesn’t shine’ seems to be true for four directors at the Paulson European arm of US hedge fund run by billionaire investor John Paulson. They saw profits at the partnership rise 37% to £50.8m ($81.4m) in the year to March 2009 on the back of successful betting against the near-collapsed UK banking sector, The UK Telegraph reported citing UK regulatory documents.

The paper alsosaid yesterday that the lion’s share of this profit was taken by the US arm of the Paulson & Co, which received £28.6m ($45.8m). The remaining £22.2m ($35.57m) was shared among the three London-based directors – Nikolai Petchenikov, Harry St John Cooper and Mina Gerowin.

The UK banking sector, where institutions have been hit by government’s introduction of 50% tax on bonuses, this payout definitely seems to belittle many compensation packages.

Revenues at Paulson Europe, which employed just seven people as of last March, soared 41.7% to £57.4m ($92m), the Telegraph reported.

John Paulson doubled his wealth to $6bn in 2008 by betting against the real estate market and is now near $6.8 bn, according to the Business Insider. Now, he is a huge proponent of gold, and could become the richest man in the world if gold ends up rocketing higher as bulls expect. Mr. Paulson can earn juicy hedge fund performance fees off of the $30bn+ in AuM at his hedge fund. The Business Insider further said that Mr. Paulson would make money primarily on a giant speculative bet, and the majority of his wealth will be generated through high fees, not personal asset gains. - written by SC -


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