31 of 51
BACKNEXT
30. John Paulson
30. John Paulson
President, Paulson & Co.

The hedge fund manager was a relative unknown before he made billions -- and a lifetime worth of notoriety -- betting against subprime. But these days, all eyes are on the 55-year-old financier's every move. While his main $9 billion Advantage fund looks as though it will escape the year in the black, two other funds -- one long gold, the other long banking stocks -- are looking especially prescient. The money manager anticipates a bout of inflation will keep gold prices strong.

--P.N.



NEXT: 31. Michael Duke
Last updated November 19 2010: 10:47 AM ET
After a month of rabid online voting you crowned your own Businessperson of the Year. More
Executives from Silicon Valley to Hollywood to Wall Street admires his savvy persistence - and his company's cool culture. The secret to the Netflix CEO's success? He never stops looking over his shoulder. More
Michael Dell was 21 when he first appeared in Fortune. Bill Gates made the cover when he was 30. Here's a look back at some of today's biggest business leaders when they were climbing the corporate ladder. More

Search for Jobs