Paul Singer

Founder + Investor + Philanthropist
Born Aug 22, 1944

Paul Singer is the founder and CEO of hedge fund Elliott Management Corporation and The Paul E. Singer Family Foundation.

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1944 Birth Paul Elliott Singer was born in 1944 in New Jersey, and grew up in a Jewish family, one of three children of a Manhattan pharmacist and a homemaker.


1966 21 Years Old He obtained his B.S. in psychology from the University of Rochester in year 1966 and a J.D. from Harvard Law School in 1969.
1974 29 Years Old In 1974, Singer went to work as an attorney in the real estate division of the investment bank Donaldson, Lufkin & Jenrette.


1977 32 Years Old In 1977, with a convertible arbitrage "winning formula," Singer left law to create his own investment company. … Read More


2004 59 Years Old …  In 2004, then first deputy managing director of the International Monetary Fund Anne Osborn Krueger denounced the strategy, alleging that it has "undermined the entire structure of sovereign finance." … Read More


2007 62 Years Old 1 More Event
…  In 2007 the president of the Republic of Congo Denis Sassou-Nguesso accused Singer of undermining a United Nations backed effort to lift developing nations out of debt. "Our disputes have always been with sovereigns who can pay but refuse to do so," Singer wrote in an e-mail to The Nation. … Read More
2008 63 Years Old …  President George W. Bush appointed Singer to serve on the Honorary Delegation to accompany him to Jerusalem for the celebration of the 60th anniversary of the State of Israel in May 2008.
2011 66 Years Old 1 More Event
In 2011, Singer donated $1 million to Restore Our Future, a Super PAC (political action committee) created to support Mitt Romney, in the 2012 U.S. Presidential election. … Read More
…  On October 2, 2012 Singer arranged for a Ghanaian Court order to detain the Argentine naval training vessel in a Ghanaian port, with the vessel to be used as collateral in an effort to force Argentina to pay the debt. Refusing to pay, Argentina shortly thereafter regained control of the ship after its seizure was deemed illegal by the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea. Alleging the incident lost Tema Harbour $7.6 million in lost revenue and unpaid docking fees, Ghana in 2012 was reportedly considering legal action against NML for the amount. … Read More
2013 68 Years Old Singer describes his business model as "a fight against charlatans who refuse to play by the market’s rules," and in 2013, Singer stated to Alpha Magazine that "we've made the point over and over again that sovereigns that could pay their debts and choose not to may be attempting to save some money but are harming their people and their economies by making investing in their countries more risky and more problematic and by discouraging foreign investment."
In response to the quote, The Washington Post writes in 2014 that "in Singer's view, he isn't just forcing indebted companies and countries to pay up. … Read More
…  In a long-standing dispute between Singer and members of the Lee family over a merger between Samsung and Cheil Industries, in 2015 Samsung published numerous depictions of Singer as an anthropomorphic vulture on its corporate website. … Read More
…  In 2016, Forbes rated Singer's net worth as $2.2 billion. … Read More
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