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Henry Merritt Paulson, III

Also Known As: "Merritt Paulson"
Immediate Family:

Son of Henry Paulson, U.S. Secretary of the Treasury and Wendy Paulson
Husband of <private> Paulson (Mahar)
Brother of <private> (Paulson)

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About Merritt Paulson

Henry Merritt Paulson III is the majority owner of Peregrine Sports, LLC which owns the Portland Timbers, a Major League Soccer (MLS) team based in Portland, Oregon. He is primarily known by the name Merritt Paulson.

Early life

Merritt Paulson's father is Henry Merritt "Hank" Paulson Jr., an American banker who served as the 74th United States Secretary of the Treasury, and was formerly Chairman and CEO of Goldman Sachs. His mother is Wendy (nee' Judge) Paulson.


In 1995, Merritt Paulson graduated from Hamilton College with a B.A. in English.

He later earned a Masters of Business Administration from Harvard Business School.

Personal life

Paulson is married to Heather Mahar Paulson, who was a contestant on CBS's television program, The Amazing Race, season 3. The couple has two daughters. The family resides in Portland, Oregon.

Acquisition of the Portland Timbers and the Portland Beavers

In anticipation of acquiring sports franchises, Paulson formed Shortstop, LLC, which was organized as a Delaware entity.

In May 2007 Paulson’s investment group, Shortstop, purchased the Portland Beavers and the Portland Timbers from California businessman Abe Alizadeh. The purchase made Shortstop the Beavers' fourth owners since 2001. Hank Paulson, Merritt Paulson’s father, was a minority partner in the company.

The Portland Beavers baseball team: Final seasons and sale of team

The Portland Beavers played the 2007-2010 seasons under the ownership and management of Paulson's Shortstop organization.

In 2010, Paulson sold the Portland Beavers. A primary factor in the sale was the decision to focus on soccer. Paulson and his advisors moved ahead with plans to remodel PGE Park. The stadium was remodeled into a soccer-and-football only configuration for the MLS's 2011 expansion Portland Timbers. That meant that there was no longer a stadium facility in Portland for the Beavers to play on the AAA baseball level.

MLS Portland Timbers and Peregrine Sports LLC

For the all-new soccer venture, Paulson organized another company, Peregrine Sports LLC.

In 2009, the city of Portland and the Merritt Paulson-led Peregrine were awarded a Major League Soccer (MLS) expansion franchise for 2011, named the Portland Timbers. This decision by MLS made Portland a two-team major-league city (along with the NBA Portland Trail Blazers. The Portland City Council approved a $31 million agreement to renovate PGE Park as a soccer- and football-only stadium.

Naming rights were sold for the stadium. After cost overruns, the renovations totaling $40 million were complete. The former PGE Park became Jeld-Wen Field.

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