As quoted from the October 31, 2009 "Wall Street Journal Book Review" online article by Gary Zuckerman, "[John] Paulson's personal cut [of his hedge fund trading in 2007] would amount to nearly $4 billion, or more than $10 million a day. That was more than the 2007 earnings of J. K. Rowling, Oprah Winfrey and Tiger Woods put together. At one point in late 2007, a broker called to remind Mr. Paulson of a personal account worth $5 million, an account now so insignificant it had slipped his mind...."
Who is this man and what can we find that's unusual in his chart?
John Paulson is a Harvard MBA who worked for awhile at Bear Stearns and other places. He founded his own hedge fund firm in 1994. Just 51 as this is being written, he is #45 on the Forbes list of the world's wealthiest billionaires. He recently donated $20 million to New York University's Stern School of Business.
The stock market is essentially glorified gambling and Paulson has two indicators of being a high risk taker, Saturn in Scorpio and Jupiter conjunct Pluto. Saturn in Scorpio operates positively for brinksmanship giving nerves of steel. Jupiter conjunct Pluto operates positively if the event is just astronomical in size or importance. In gambling terminology it signals a potential windfall! In business it represents the Midas touch. Jupiter, Sagittarius and Pluto symbolize a black hole in the financial market as the housing sector collapsed.
Pluto was also in the process of passing over Paulson's late degree Sagittarian Stellium which is trine his natal Pluto. In recent years transiting Pluto had crossed his Sun and Moon and during 2007 was on his natal Merury at 27 degrees Sag. This could make him lucky enough to have that offhand conversation with his assistant (the one who predicted the housing market was 40% inflated and who later got the $43m bonus).
Not to say this could have happened to just anyone but a large factor of Sagittarius' luck is good timing. Articles about Paulson tend to attribute this gargantuan profiteering to "superb timing". Perhaps because these Jupiter ruled Sagittarians are open to opportunities, they just seem to fall into them!
The biggest indicator of this type of wealth, however, is very simple ... the Sagittarian Moon. Aristotle Onassis, Donald Trump, Ivana Trump, Howard Hughes and Warren Buffett all have Moon in Sagittarius.