A 65-year-old hedge fund manager who made $20 billion from trading against the housing market before it crashed in 2008 is now dating an Instagram yoga influencer 32 years his junior.

Following the announcement of John Paulson's divorce from his wife of 21 years on Wednesday, sources close to the billionaire confirmed that the online star — famous for her Instagram feed where she posts revealing workout images and diet tips — has been living in his luxury Fifth Avenue flat in New York's Olympic Tower.

The couple have also been spotted dining together in various exclusive spots in the city, including Le Bilboquet in Sag Harbor, and a Japanese restaurant in East Hampton.

As well as her online fame, Alina also manages her own company, and is a registered dietician.

After graduating from Montclair State University with a bachelor’s degree in Dietetics and Clinical Nutrition, Alina worked as a clinical dietician at New York Presbyterian Hospital, and founded the business Effective Lifestyle in January 2016.

A source told the New York Post: “John does have a new, much younger girlfriend and while it is still early days, the relationship is blossoming. They are very happy.”

It is not yet known how the couple met.

John was catapulted into fortune and has been described as having made "one of the biggest fortunes in Wall Street history" after he used controversial Credit Default Swaps to effectively bet against the US housing market bubble shortly before its collapse in 2007.

The freshly announced divorce from wife Jenny Paulson, 60, is expected to be one of the most "epic" and "wildly expensive" in American legal history, and battle lines have already been drawn for a protracted legal process by both parties.

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Mr Paulson has hired the lawyer William Zabel, whose past clients include George Soros, Howard Stern, and Bill Ackman, while Jenny Paulson has been linked with big-shot divorce attorney Robert Cohen, who is working with Melinda Gates and has has also represented Uma Thurman, Ivana Trump and Mike Bloomberg.

There is no prenuptial agreement in place, and the majority of John's wealth was accrued during their time together.

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