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Ronald O. Perelman
Ronald O. Perelman
Chairman and CEO, MacAndrews & Forbes Holdings Inc., New York
Ronald Perelman is chairman and chief executive officer of MacAndrews & Forbes Holdings Inc., a diversified holding company with interests in consumer products, entertainment, financial services, biotechnology, and gaming. Among the principal interests of the company are Revlon, Inc., the world-famous brand name in cosmetics and personal care products; Panavision Inc., the leading designer, manufacturer, and supplier of high-precision camera and lighting systems; AM General, the designer and manufacturer of Hummer and Humvee vehicles; TransTech Pharma, Inc., a drug discovery company using proprietary high-throughput technology to develop novel small molecule therapeutics; Scientific Games Corporation, a leading supplier of systems and services to the gaming industry, a licensed operator of pari-mutuel betting, and a major supplier of prepaid phone cards; Deluxe Film and Creative Services Business Inc., the world’s largest processor of 35-millimeter film and one of the main distributors of release and trailer prints for motion pictures; and Harland Clarke, a strategic partner that provides checks and related products and services and offers the ability to assist financial institutions’ customers in bank-related transactions.
Mr. Perelman is also an active philanthropist who believes powerful results can be achieved when financial resources are leveraged with human resolve.
He is founder of the Revlon /UCLA Women’s Cancer Research Program, a center for leading-edge research into the causes and treatment of breast and ovarian cancer. The staff of the program conducted the discovery research and initial clinical trials leading to the development of Herceptin, the first genetically based treatment for a major cancer to be approved by the US Food and Drug Administration. Mr. Perelman also established the Ronald O. Perelman Department of Dermatology at New York University Medical Center. The center is internationally recognized as a leader in patient care, education and research of skin diseases. He recently established the Ronald O. Perelman Heart Institute at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital and the Ronald O. Perelman and Claudia Cohen Center for Reproductive Medicine at Weill Cornell Medical Center. Mr. Perelman sits on the boards of both institutions.
He also serves on the boards of Carnegie Hall, the University of Pennsylvania and the New York University Medical Center, among others.
Mr. Perelman holds undergraduate and graduate degrees from the Wharton School. He lives in New York City and is the father of seven children.
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