Ronald O. Perelman (born 1943) is a wealthy investor and businessman, who appears 126th on the Forbes 400 list of billionaires. As chairman of Revlon, Mr. Perelman has demonstrated a longstanding commitment to improving women’s health. In 1990 he created the Revlon/UCLA Women’s Cancer Research Program, which led to the development of Herceptin, the groundbreaking treatment for breast cancer. The EIF Revlon Run/Walk has raised more than $100 million to fight women’s cancers. In 2014, he co-founded, along with Barbra Streisand, the Women’s Heart Alliance to raise awareness, encourage action and drive new research to fight heart disease in women.
Ronald O. Perelman is Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of MacAndrews & Forbes Incorporated, a company with interests in a diversified portfolio of public and private companies. The principal interests of MacAndrews & Forbes include AM General, Deluxe Entertainment Services Group Inc., Harland Clarke, Merisant, Revlon, Inc., Scantron, Scientific Games Corporation, SIGA Technologies, Inc., Valassis and vTv Therapeutics LLC.
As a champion of culture, in June 2016, Mr. Perelman announced a $75 million lead gift to fund the Perelman Performing Arts Center at the World Trade Center. Scheduled to open in early 2020, the new Perelman Center will serve as a world-class performance space in Lower Manhattan, producing and premiering new works of theater, dance, music, film and opera.
His commitment to cutting-edge health research translates into life-changing advancements for patients in New York and around the world, particularly through his establishing the Ronald O. Perelman Heart Institute at New York Presbyterian Hospital (2009), the Ronald O. Perelman and Claudia Cohen Center for Reproductive Medicine at Weill Cornell Medical Center (2008), and the Ronald O. Perelman Department of Dermatology at New York University Langone Medical Center (1991).
Mr. Perelman is the Vice Chairman of the Apollo Theater Foundation and sits on the board of many institutions. Among them are: The Museum of Modern Art; New York Presbyterian Hospital; Columbia Business School; NYU Langone Medical Center and The ONE Campaign.
Mr. Perelman received a BS in Economics and an MBA from the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania. He lives in New York City with his wife and is the father of eight children.