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CEOs Gone Wild: Ron Perelman


Revlon chief's billion-dollar fortune earmarked for charity, four ex-wives.

Billionaire and Revlon (REV) CEO Ronald Perelman has been through his fair share of breakups.
So far, his exes have cost him $138 million in settlements, not to mention ongoing legal fees.
He does love the ladies. As Donald Trump wrote in his book, The Art of the Comeback, "We [Trump and Perelman] spend 95 percent of our time talking women and 5 percent talking deals."
Here are the stats:
Wife #1: Married at age 24 to heiress Faith Golding, age 17. Ended 17 years later after Faith discovered Ron's affair with florist Susan Kasen - and also found that he had used $100,000 she had loaned him to buy Kasen gifts.
Cost of walking away: $8 million.
Wife #2: Gossip columnist Claudia Cohen. Ended 9 years later, when Ron met the woman who would become his third wife.
Cost of walking away: $80 million.
Wife #3: Political operative and radio host, Patricia Duff. Ended 18 months later after a spat at the 1996 Democratic Convention in Chicago, in which Perelman reportedly told Duff, "I will destroy you, and I will enjoy it."
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Wife #4: Actress Ellen Barkin. Ended 6 years later, with Perelman's security guards escorting Barkin from their Upper East Side townhouse. Two kids - Jack Daniel and Romy Marion (not Remy Martin).
Cost of walking away: $40 million.
Perelman's current girlfriend, psychologist Anna Chapman, may have some professional insight into what makes the man tick.
However, according to the New York Post, when Barkin crossed paths with Ron and Anna at hot downtown restaurant the Waverly Inn, she told Chapman, "I feel sorry for you that you have to f@#k him tonight."
While Chapman's busy giving it up, Perelman's busy giving it away.
Take the Perelman Quadrangle at the University of Pennsylvania, for example.
Cost: $20 million.
The Perelman Quad houses auditoriums, theaters, meeting rooms - and the perfect place to hold that extra special event:
Claudia Cohen Hall.

Perhaps you and your betrothed would like to tie the knot in the edifice named for Ron Perelman's late second wife, whose brother he's currently suing over control of her assets.

The name of the building was changed from Logan Hall to Claudia Cohen Hall this summer, while most students and faculty were home on break.

Reactions were mixed, as many were unhappy that James Logan, a secretary to William Penn and one of the first trustees of the university, would no longer be honored; his place on campus usurped by a former gossip columnist with a segment on the Regis Philbin show.

Cohen was known not only for her marriage to Ron Perelman, but for her romance with former senator Alphonse D'Amato as well, which he announced to the public at a press conference in 1995.

$20 million also bought Perelman the Ronald O. Perelman Family Stage at Carnegie Hall. Another $20 million got him the Ronald O. Perelman Rotunda at the Guggenheim.

$10 million to NYU for the Ronald O. Perelman Department of Dermatology at NYU Medical Center. And a piddling $4.7 million to Princeton University created the Ronald Perelman Institute for Jewish Studies.

These are just a few. Last year, Perelman gave away almost $61 million.

Says Doug Bauer of Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors, "It's values and ego, absolutely." And sometimes, it's "buying your way into heaven."

So, what can one get for mere mortal money? Say you don't have Perelman dollars: Last year, Manhattan 's New Museum of Contemporary Art sold retired venture capitalist Jerome Stern naming rights to an area of the museum for $100,000.

"I'm 83," Stern told The New York Times. "I thought it would be nice to see my name in a place where I'm going to spend a lot of time."

Give it away before you go. Because when you gotta go, you gotta go.

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