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How Ron Perelman Became The Billionaire That He Is Today

The total assets of the wealthiest individuals on earth have been developing at insane rates. This development is the aftereffect of the technological advancement that has changed the world since 1990. In 2010, the wealthiest people across the globe had a net worth of $269.8 billion. But today, their collective value is more than $742 billion.

One of the billionaires of this world is named Ron Perelman, and his net worth is at $7.5 billion. To find out how he was able to make so much money in his lifetime, keep on reading!

Early life

Ron Perelman was refined for business since he was a little boy. His dad, who was a pro in the field of business, proceeded to show his sons the intricate details of running an organization. At the age of 11, Ronald started attending different gatherings with his dad and received heavy criticism for even the smallest of business botches.

In 1961, Ron, along with his father, purchased Esslinger-Brewery for $800,000 and acquired a profit of $1 million after selling it three years later. After getting his MBA, he started working for his father’s organization Belmont Industries.

In 1978, he held the titles of COO and EVP for the company. Still, he aspired for more. His desire was to be made CEO and President. That was when he requested his father for the roles, to which his father replied, no. Ron then quit and opened his own company in New York.

Businesses and Investments

It was in the same year when he quit his job that he made his first deal by purchasing and acquiring Cohen-Hatfield Jewelers. In just one year, Ron managed to earn $15 million when he sold the retail stores of the company and shrunk the organization to its profitable jewelry division.

After that, Perelman acquired MacAndrews and Forbes, a chocolate and licorice extract distribution company. The procurement of this organization was so hostile that investors and administration fought hard. 1983 was the year when Perelman sold bonds to get the rest of the shares in the organization, making MacAndrews & Forbes private.

Since then, he has made excellent progress by investing in a variety of ventures. He got himself involved in staple goods, cigars, licorice, cosmetics, vehicles, television, book distributions, and more. By 1990, Perelman was already the third wealthiest individual in the United States.

Philanthropic Activities

In 2007, Perelman’s wife, Claudia Cohen, lost her life after battling ovarian cancer for seven years. It is said that Perelman also secretly authorized a vaccine to cure his wife. He is a prominent humanitarian and a member of the Giving Pledge.

He set up the Revlon/UCLA Women’s Cancer Research Program in 1994, which studies the origin and treatment of breast and ovarian cancer. The organization also established the Ronald O. Perelman Department of Dermatology at NYU Medical Center. Now, at age 77 years old, he still uses his riches for charitable causes through the Perelman Family Foundation.

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