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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.



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