Ronald O. Perelman
Ronald O. Perelman is Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of MacAndrews & Forbes Holdings Inc., a diversified holding company with interests in consumer products, defense, entertainment, financial services, education, biotechnology and gaming. Mr. Perelman is an active philanthropist who believes powerful results can be achieved when financial resources are leveraged with human resolve, and has forged a strong philanthropic commitment to supporting Jewish causes.
In 1995 Mr. Perelman made a major gift to Princeton University to create the Ronald O. Perelman Institute for Judaic Studies, a multidisciplinary program aiming to bring together leading scholars to examine Jewish history, religion, literature, thought, society, politics and cultures.
Mr. Perelman is well known as an innovative leader and generous supporter of many of the nation's most prominent cultural and educational institutions. Alongside his extensive business interests, Mr. Perelman's passion for leadership, entrepreneurship and finance has led to the creation of the Ronald O. Perelman Center for Business Innovation at Columbia Business School, and the Perelman Center for Political Science and Economics at his alma mater, the University of Pennsylvania.
Committed to women's health, the arts and education, Mr. Perelman established the Revlon/UCLA Women's Cancer Research Program, the Ronald O. Perelman Department of Dermatology at New York University Langone Medical Center, the Ronald O. Perelman Heart Institute at New York Presbyterian Hospital and the Ronald O. Perelman and Claudia Cohen Center for Reproductive Medicine at Weill Cornell Medical Center.
Mr. Perelman serves on the boards of Carnegie Hall, the University of Pennsylvania, New York University Langone Medical Center, New York Presbyterian Hospital, Weill Cornell Medical Center, Columbia University, Ford's Theater, Tribeca Film Institute, and the Apollo Theater. He is a member of the French Legion of Honor.
Mr. Perelman holds a BS in Economics and an MBA from the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania. He lives in New York City and is the father of eight children.