Paulson, Hank

Hank Paulson

Economic Strategy Group Co-Chair

Chairman, Paulson Institute

HENRY M. PAULSON JR. is the founder and chairman of the Paulson Institute, which aims to foster a United States-China relationship that maintains global order in a rapidly evolving world. He is also the co-chair of the Aspen Economic Strategy Group, and co-chair of the Bloomberg New Economy Forum Advisory Board. Paulson served as the 74th Secretary of the Treasury under President George W. Bush, from July 2006 to January 2009. Prior to that, he had a 32-year career at Goldman Sachs, serving as co-chairman and co-chief executive officer beginning in 1998, and as chairman and chief executive officer beginning in 1999. A lifelong conservationist, Paulson was chairman of The Nature Conservancy Board of Directors and, prior to that, founded and co-chaired the organization’s Asia-Pacific Council. In 2011, he founded the Latin American Conservation Council, comprised of global business and political leaders, which he co-chaired until 2017. He also co-chaired the Risky Business Project from 2013 to 2017, a nonpartisan initiative that quantified and publicized the economic risks of climate change in the U.S. Earlier in his career, he was a member of the White House Domestic Council as well as a staff assistant at the Pentagon. Paulson is the author of three books, most recently Firefighting: The Financial Crisis and its Lessons (with Ben Bernanke and Tim Geithner). Other books include the bestsellers On the Brink and Dealing with China. He graduated from Dartmouth College and received an M.B.A. from Harvard University.


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