Wharton grad left dad's buyout business; bought $1.9 million stake in jewelry distributor Cohen-Hatfield 1978. Sold jewelry operation to Sam Walton 7 years later. Purchased licorice maker MacAndrews & Forbes, used as a holding company for buyouts. Bought Revlon 1985. Sold Golden State Bancorp with Gerald Ford to Citigroup in 2002 for $6 billion. Owns large stakes in lottery outfit Scientific Games, military Humvee maker AM General. Agreed to sell security firm AlliedBarton this year.
Source of wealth, leveraged buyouts of multiple companies over a thirty-plus yr period.
Perelman has been married 5 times and has a total of 6 children. He had four kids with Faith Golding: Hope, Steven, Josh, and Debra. (Perelman has had tense relations with son Josh, whose wedding he didn't attend after Josh refused to have his fiancée sign a pre-nup.) Perelman had his fifth child with Claudia Cohen, a daughter named Samantha, who was born in 1989. His youngest, Caleigh, was born to Patricia Duff in 1994.more » « less