May 30, 2006 5:09 pm

Profile: Henry Paulson

Henry M. Paulson became chairman and chief executive of Goldman Sachs Group in 1999, the banking and securities firm, having joined the group in 1974.

Between 1970 to 1972 he served as a Pentagon aide to the assistant secretary of defence, during the turbulent years of the Vietnam conflict, and was also a member of the White House Domestic Council under President Nixon’s reign.

Born in March 1946, Paulson studied English at Dartmouth and gained an MBA from Harvard Business School in 1970.

He is believed to be an avid nature watcher holding the co-chair of the Asia/Pacific Council of the Nature Conservancy, and the chair of The Peregrine Fund, which works to conserve wild populations of birds of prey.

He stewarded Goldman Sachs when the bank went public in 1999 and in 2005 was paid a total of $38.8m, with $30.1m of that in restricted stock.

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