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Henry Paulson

Then: Treasury Secretary
Now: Working on a book detailing the crisis

Paulson was the de-facto leader of the government's effort to stem the tide of bad loans made by the country's financial institutions. Working with Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke, Paulson oversaw conservatorship of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, billions in government assistance to AIG, the $700 - billion TARP program and billions in other government initiatives.

Since being succeeded by Tim Geithner in January 2009, Paulson has been entirely out of the public eye, declining numerous requests to appear in public. He is currently working on a book, which is yet-to-be-titled, offering an insider's account of his experiences throughout his time as Treasury Secretary. Profits from the book will be donated to the non-profit Homeownership Preservation Foundation.

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