Ronald Perelman

Businessman + Investor
Born Jan 1, 1943

Ronald Owen Perelman is an American businessman. Through his company MacAndrews & Forbes Holdings Inc. , he has invested in various companies in grocery, cigar, licorice, makeup, car, photography, television, camping, security, lottery, jewelry, banks, and the American comic book industry. Mr. Perelman annually is one of the world's largest philanthropic donors.… Read More

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1943 Birth Perelman was born in Greensboro, North Carolina on January 1, 1943, the son of Ruth (née Caplan) and Raymond G. Perelman. … Read More


1961 18 Years Old Perelman's first major business deal took place in 1961 during his Freshman year at the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. … Read More


1965 22 Years Old Perelman has been married five times. He married Sterling Bank heiress Faith Golding in 1965 and they divorced in 1984.


1978 35 Years Old 1 More Event
In 1978, twelve years after Perelman formally joined Belmont Industries, he was the vice president but he still strove for more power and influence in the company. … Read More


1984 41 Years Old …  Their marriage lasted until 1984 when Faith discovered Perelman was having an affair with a local florist after a bill for a Bulgari bracelet was sent to their home instead of Perelman's office. … Read More
1985 42 Years Old His marriage to gossip columnist Claudia Cohen lasted from 1985 to 1994.


1993 50 Years Old 1 More Event
In 1993, the Entertainment Industry Foundation (EIF) Revlon Run/Walk For Women was created through the combined efforts of Perelman, Lily Tartikoff, co-founder of the Revlon/UCLA Women's Cancer Research Program, and the EIF. … Read More
1995 52 Years Old 1 More Event
He wed socialite Patricia Duff in 1995 and divorced in 1996.
1996 - 1999 2 More Events
2000 57 Years Old He was married to actress Ellen Barkin from 2000 to 2006.


A 2006 article published in the Forbes 400 discusses their relationship in detail. … Read More
2008 65 Years Old 1 More Event
In February 2008, Perelman made a $50 million donation to the New York Presbyterian Hospital and Weill Cornell Medical Center to create the Ronald O. Perelman Heart Institute, and to provide vital financial aid to the Ronald O. Perelman and Claudia Cohen Center for Reproductive Medicine.
2010 67 Years Old 1 More Event
In August 2010, Perelman signed the Giving Pledge, committing up to half his assets to be designated for the benefit of charitable causes (after his family and children have been provided for). … Read More
2011 68 Years Old In 2011, Perelman's parents, Raymond and Ruth, donated $225 million to the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, the largest single donation to that university in its history, changing the school's name to the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania. … Read More
In 2013, Perelman donated $50 million to the NYU Langone Medical Center to create the Ronald O. Perelman Center for Emergency Services.
2015 72 Years Old 1 More Event
In May 2015, Perelman succeeded Sanford I. Weill as Chairman of Carnegie Hall.
2016 73 Years Old 1 More Event
…  As of January 2016, Perelman is the 36th richest American, and 80th richest person in the world, with an estimated wealth of $12.2 billion.
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