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#52 Ron Perelman $17.5B

Random fact: Gave his first on-the-record interview in 1995 to Cigar Aficionado.

Overview

Perelman is chairman and owner of MacAndrews & Forbes, a closely held investment firm with stakes in eight businesses, including Humvee maker AM General, film services provider Deluxe Entertainment and payments business Harland Clarke. He's also the largest shareholder of publicly traded cosmetics company Revlon.

As of July 23, 2017:
Last change -$8.96M (-0.1%)
YTD change +$535M (+3.1%)
Industry Diversified
Biggest asset Harland Clarke Holdings
Citizenship United States
Age 74
Wealth Self-made
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The majority of Perelman's fortune is controlled through MacAndrews & Forbes, a holding entity that owns stakes in four publicly traded and four closely held companies. The inputs for each asset were updated on April 26, 2016.

Perelman's art collection is valued based on its $6 billion replacement price, according to insurance documents seen by Bloomberg, and is discounted to account for purchase costs.

Business services provider Harland Clarke Holdings had revenue of around $3.3 billion in fiscal year 2015, according to a January 2016 Moody's report, and is valued using the average enterprise value-to-sales and enterprise value-to-Ebitda of five publicly traded peers.

Entertainment services company Deluxe Entertainment Services had revenue of $894 million in fiscal year 2015, according to a February 2016 Moody's report, and is valued using the enterprise value-to-sales and enterprise value-to-Ebitda of three publicly traded peers.

Liquorice maker Flavors Holdings had revenue of $314 million in fiscal year 2016, according to a June 17, 2016, Moody's report, and is valued using the enterprise value-to-sales and enterprise value-to-Ebitda multiples of four publicly traded peers.

Perelman owns about 70 percent of Humvee maker AM General, according to October 2013 court filings with the State of Delaware. The company had revenue of $812 million in fiscal year 2016, according to an Aug. 16, 2016, Moody's report, and is valued using the enterprise value-to-sales and enterprise value-to-Ebitda of three publicly traded peers.

The value of his cash investments and other liquid assets, including real estate holdings, is based on an analysis of property purchases, dividends, market performance, insider transactions, taxes and charitable contributions.

Biography

Birthdate: 1/1/1943
Family: Married, 8 children
Education: 1966, Wharton School of The University of Pennsylvania, MBA 1964, University of Pennsylvania, Economics, Bachelor's Degree

Born on New Year's Day 1943, Ronald Perelman learned the art of the deal from his father, Raymond, with whom he consummated his first buyout when he was 18 years old. After working for his father at night as foreman of a galvanizing factory while earning his MBA from the Wharton School, Ronald moved to New York and began buying and selling companies.

Perelman focuses on companies that are sometimes beleaguered, other times uncared for -- and almost always undervalued. Otherwise, there is little preference for industries where he invests, having profited in fields as diverse as tobacco (Consolidated Cigar), mortgage lending (Golden State Bancorp) and television stations (New World Communications Group).

Perhaps known best for his majority stake in cosmetics company Revlon, in which he first invested in 1985, Perelman has been an active supporter of breast cancer research, as well as medical research at several institutions in the New York and Philadelphia area. He owns one of the last large undivided Hamptons estates and an art collection that ranks among the world's most valuable, as measured by the Bloomberg Billionaires Index. He entered into his fifth marriage in 2010; his previous four often played out in the pages of the New York Post.

Milestones
  • 1966 Graduates with a master's degree from the Wharton School.
  • 1985 Wins control of Revlon after bidding war with Forstmann Little.
  • 2002 Sells Golden State Bancorp to Citigroup for $5.8 billion.
  • 2004 Purchases majority of AM General from Ira Rennert.
  • 2006 After five years of marriage, divorces actress Ellen Barkin.
  • 2006 Buys Hollywood film supplier Deluxe for $750 million.
  • 2010 Seventh child born. Dr. Anna Chapman is the mother.
  • 2013 Sells Harland Financial for $1.2 billion to Davis and Henderson Corp.