Paulson’s Pellegrini Said to Resign to Start Own Hedge Fund

Bloomberg – Paolo Pellegrini, the hedge-fund manager who helped Paulson & Co. make more than $3 billion in 2007 on bets the U.S. housing bubble would burst, resigned to start his own fund, a person familiar with the matter said.

Pellegrini, 52, a manager of Paulson’s credit opportunities funds, left on Dec. 31 in an “amicable” departure, said Armel Leslie, a spokesman for New York-based Paulson & Co. John Paulson, founder of the firm, which oversees $36 billion, couldn’t be reached for comment.

Paulson and Pellegrini became convinced in 2006 that investors were overvaluing mortgage-backed securities whose risk for losses they or credit rating firms had misjudged, according to client letters obtained by Bloomberg News. The firm’s credit opportunities funds soared about sixfold in 2007 as mortgage defaults rose and the value of the securities declined.

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