Mr. Perelman is chairman of RGP Holdings, which owns businesses in finance, manufacturing, and mining.
Mr. Perelman, 94, and his wife, Ruth, who was 90 when she died last summer, pledged $225-million to the University of Pennsylvania to endow the Raymond and Ruth Perelman School of Medicine. Mr. Perelman serves on the medical school’s Board of Trustees and graduated from the university’s Wharton School in 1940. The couple, who announced this pledge several months before Mrs. Perelman died, gave the university $25-million in 2005 for the Ruth and Raymond Perelman Center for Advanced Medicine.
The couple also pledged nearly $1.3-million to the National Museum of American Jewish History for the Philadelphia institution’s new building. Mr. Perelman serves as a museum trustee. In addition, they pledged $600,000, of which $100,000 has been paid, to the Bascom Palmer Eye Institute, in Miami; and they gave $100,000 to each of four nonprofits: American Friends of Israel Museum, in New York; Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia, Perelman Jewish Day School, in Wynnewood, Pa.; and the Philadelphia Museum of Art. The Perelmans also gave $50,000 to the Cleveland Clinic.more » « less