Observer Philanthropy 2013
PR POWER LIST
You know you’ve got deal-making in your blood when even your 4-year-old daughter requires negotiation. Having invested in a cigar company and even appearing on the cover of Cigar Aficionado, Ronald O. Perelman couldn’t quit smoking cigars. Where’s the fun in that? So he did what he always does and what he has done as successfully as anyone in American business history. He made a deal.
The Eight-Day Week
When reporters call, moguls don’t exactly rush to the phone. Most of them have trusted press reps who can pretty much anticipate their thoughts and filter them before hitting “send” to the media. Read More
It’s a Big night! That is, Penny Marshall, the director of Big (as well as A League of Their Own and, somehow, the Oliver Sacks adaptation Awakenings) is throwing herself a book party. The onetime Laverne is to fête her memoir, My Mother Was Nuts, on the Upper East Side, with well-heeled attendees who must Read More
It is well known that billionaire Ronald Perelman—whose elusive ties to the Chabad-Lubavitch community are as speculated upon as his relationship to his luscious ex-wife, Ellen Barkin—owns two back-to-back Upper East Side townhouses: One, where he lives, faces 62nd Street; the other, facing 63rd Street, is used as his office. Less known is Read More
“My daughter is getting an award so I’m a proud duh-dee!” Paul McCartney told the Daily Transom at the Natural Resources Defense Council’s annual Forces for Nature benefit at 583 Park Avenue on Monday, March 30, where his daughter, fashion designer Stella McCartney, and Discovery Communications’ CEO David Zaslav were honored for their respective environmental work. Read More
This morning, we put up a post about how billionaires like Carl Icahn and Ron Perelman are selling off their megayachts, while others, like Paul Allen, are continuing to spend as much as $384,000 a week on the upkeep of theirs. This afternoon, the Daily Transom received a phone call with a clarification Read More
In October–right around the time that the financial crisis began to seem a whole lot more real–hedge fund billionaire Carl Icahn put his 177-foot yacht, the Starfire, up for sale for $37.5 million. Then, Russian billionaire Roman Abramovich, who has been so affected by the economic downturn that he reportedly had to Read More
In the interest of drumming up maximal funds—or "transparency"—Barack Obama‘s Presidential Inauguration Committee has released a chart (to be updated in real time) listing the names, employers, cities, and contributions of everyone who donates money to help make January 20 the best inauguration ever. The PIC won’t be accepting any more than Read More
In mid-October, about three weeks to go before election night, Barack Obama found himself in the classy old Metropolitan Club on 66th Street with a group of his top New York fund-raisers.
He told them there was “extraordinary expertise” in the room. “Who knows?” he said. “There might be some of you Read More
Last week, The Wall Street Journal reported that the chairman and chief executive officer of Lehman Brothers, Richard Fuld Jr., has placed his highly prized modern art collection on the market. Also, former Lehman President Joe Gregory has sold the private helicopter that he used to commute to work every day from Huntington, Read More