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Isaac Perlmutter
Isaac "Ike" Perlmutter (Hebrew: יצחק "אייק" פרלמוטר‎‎; December 1, 1942) is an Israeli-American businessperson and financier. He is the Chairman and former

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Isaac Perlmutter Born (1942-12-01) December 1, 1942 (age 74)
British Mandate of Palestine (now Israel) Nationality Israeli
American Occupation Chairman, Marvel Entertainment Net worth US$4.2 billion (July 2015) Spouse(s) Laura Perlmutter

Isaac "Ike" Perlmutter (Hebrew: יצחק "אייק" פרלמוטר‎‎; December 1, 1942) is an Israeli-American businessperson and financier. He is the Chairman and former CEO of Marvel Entertainment to unknown date. He was also the owner of Remington Products and Marvel Toys.

  • 1 Early life
  • 2 Career
    • 2.1 Revco
    • 2.2 Coleco
    • 2.3 Remington
    • 2.4 Marvel
  • 3 Philanthropy
  • 4 Political involvement
  • 5 Personal life
  • 6 Companies
  • 7 See also
  • 8 References
  • 9 External links

Early life

Isaac Perlmutter was born to a Jewish family in pre-statehood Israel. He emigrated to the United States after serving in the Israeli Army during the Six-Day War of 1967. Arriving in New York City with only $250, he earned a living standing outside Jewish cemeteries in Brooklyn, leveraging his Hebrew skills to lead funeral services for tips.

Later he sold toys and beauty products on the streets of New York City, which eventually evolved into selling surplus stock and end-of-line items at a big profit. Although he never attended a university, he taught himself how to read a balance sheet and became very good at spotting overlooked value in weak and distressed companies.

Career Revco

With a new partner, Bernard Marden, and leveraging the skills he attained as a wholesaler, he formed a company called Odd Lot Trading, a wholesaler and retailer of closeout items. In May 1984, they sold Odd Lot to Revco Discount Drug Stores in exchange for 12% of Revco stock. He soon challenged Revco management for control of the company but, after initial positive feedback, was rejected. Perlmutter and his partner threatened a hostile takeover but eventually refrained and sold their share back to Revco for $120 million.


Perlmutter had a close relationship with the management of toy manufacturer Coleco Entertainment Corporation as he had been purchasing unsold inventory from them for some time. As is typical in the industry, payment terms were often unusual. With Coleco, Perlmutter would purchase unsold inventory in exchange for 50% cash and 50% in "barter advertising credits" (basically a promise to pay for the future advertising expenses of Coleco). Over a four-year period, Perlmutter had received $144 million in goods and paid $73 million in cash along with providing $71 million in barter advertising credits to be paid in the future.

In 1988, he saw an opportunity as Coleco struggled under its debt due to the advent of the personal computer which impacted the sale of video games. Perlmutter bought all of Coleco's senior debt (with $85 million in face value) for $50 million, a substantial discount, becoming senior to their bondholders in the event of a bankruptcy. Although Perlmutter believed that a Coleco bankruptcy was probable, he also believed that the value of the Coleco's assets should be sufficient to cover the full $85 million in value that he had purchased. In July 1988, Coleco filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy. The bondholders, suspicious over Perlmutter's close relationship with Coleco's management, sued Perlmutter alleging fraudulent conveyance over the barter advertising credits (which made up a very significant item on Coleco's balance sheet). After extensive negotiation, a settlement was reached whereby Coleco would be sold to Hasbro Corporation for $85 million and Perlmutter would accept $64 million for his now $90 million claim (principal plus interest) in exchange for the withdrawal of the lawsuit.


In 1994, Victor Kiam sold controlling interest of Remington Products to Isaac Perlmutter. Perlmutter became Vice President of Remington. Kiam and Perlmutter sold Remington to Vestar Capital Partners in 1996.


Isaac Perlmutter was a member of the Board of directors of Marvel Comics beginning in April 1993 and was Chairman of the Board until March 1995.

Isaac Perlmutter also was the co-owner, with Avi Arad, of Toy Biz (later Marvel Toys), having purchased its predecessor company from Charan Industries in January 1990. Toy Biz, Inc. was reorganized in the Marvel deal with Perlmutter continue owning the original Toy Biz, Inc., which is renamed Zib, Inc. Zib held its foreign sales affiliate, Toy Biz International Ltd., a Hong Kong corporation and Perlmutter's share of the new Toy Biz, Inc.

When Marvel company group went bankrupt in 1996, protracted legal battles over control of the company followed between Perlmutter, Arad, Carl Icahn, and Ron Perelman. By 1997, Perlmutter and Arad had established control over the company, pushing out Icahn and Perelman. ToyBiz and Marvel were merged into Marvel Enterprises to bring it out of bankruptcy in June 1998 with ToyBiz becoming a division of the new company.

In November 2001, Perlmutter became Vice Chairman of the Board of Directors of Marvel. He became the Chief Executive Officer of Marvel Comics on January 1, 2005. He remained CEO of Marvel Entertainment, even after the acquisition of Marvel by The Walt Disney Company on December 31, 2009. Although Perlmutter received $800 million in cash and $590 million in Disney stock after the acquisition, he did not want a seat on Disney's board of directors.

In September 2015, Perlmutter stopped overseeing the development of Marvel Studios. Disney felt the studio head, Kevin Feige, should report directly to the Chairman of The Walt Disney Studios, Alan Horn, so all cinematic properties of Disney, including Pixar and Lucasfilm, were under one management structure. The restructuring was allegedly due to Feige's "frustration" of working with Perlmutter as well as some alleged controversial comments and actions by Perlmutter, such as replacing the casting of Terrence Howard as James Rhodes with Don Cheadle because black people "look the same." Jeph Loeb, who oversees Marvel Television and the television properties of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, still reports to Perlmutter.


In 1993, Perlmutter and his wife established the Laura and Isaac Perlmutter Professorship and Chair in Cell Biology at the Skirball Institute of Biomolecular Medicine (part of the New York University School of Medicine). In addition, Mrs. Perlmutter has served as a trustee on the NYU Medical Center's Board of Trustees since 1993.

Political involvement

In 2015, Laura Perlmutter donated $2 million to a Super PAC supporting the presidential candidacy of Sen. Marco Rubio.

In January 2016, according to Donald Trump, Isaac intended to donate $1 million to the presidential candidate's wounded veterans initiative at Drake University.

On June 30, 2016, Laura Perlmutter donated $449,400 to a PAC supporting Donald Trump, and later was part of Trump's Inauguration committee.

In April 2017, Perlmutter was categorized by The New York Times as one of the "Clubgoers" among twenty people whom President Trump consults "outside the White House gates". He "has been informally advising ... on veterans issues ... has been a presence" at Mar-a-Lago, according to the account.

Personal life

Early in his career, Perlmutter met his wife Laurie J. Perlmutter at a Catskills resort and they married soon after. They divide their time between homes in Palm Beach, Florida, close to Mar-a-Lago, and New York City.

Perlmutter takes great pride in never having given an interview over his entire career despite being in the public eye due to his many court battles and bankruptcy fights. He has rarely been spontaneously photographed.

  • Marvel Entertainment
  • Marvel Studios
  • Remington Products Company
  • Job Lot Incorporated, retail discount chain
  • REC Sound Incorporated
  • Classic Heroes, Inc., majority stockholder, an apparel manufacturing distributor
  • Tangible Media
  • Westwood Industries, Inc., table and floor lamps manufacturer and distributor
  • Zib, Inc.
See also
  • Avi Arad
  • List of Israeli Americans
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  2. ^ a b "Million-Dollar Donors in the 2016 Presidential Race". New York Times. August 25, 2015. Retrieved October 14, 2015. 
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  6. ^ Gardner, Eriq (May 30, 2017). "Marvel's Ike Perlmutter, a Trump Friend, Hopes Homeland Security Helped Solve Bizarre Mystery". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved May 30, 2017. 
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  10. ^ Raviv, Dan (April 2002). Comic Wars. Broadway Books. ISBN 0-7679-0830-9. 
  11. ^ "Here's A Rare Photo of Marvel CEO Ike Perlmutter". December 29, 2016. 
  12. ^ Robinson, Joanna (September 1, 2015). "Why It Matters That Marvel Studios Just Escaped Its Eccentric Billionaire C.E.O.". Vanity Fair. Retrieved June 2, 2016. 
  13. ^ Masters, Kim; Matthew Belloni (August 31, 2015). "Marvel Shake-Up: Film Chief Kevin Feige Breaks Free of CEO Ike Perlmutter (Exclusive)". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved June 2, 2016. 
  14. ^ a b Johnston, Rich (January 5, 2017). "The Best Picture Of Marvel CEO Ike Perlmutter We Are Likely To Get". Bleeding Cool. Retrieved January 5, 2017. 
  15. ^ Parker, Ryan; Jackie Strause (January 28, 2016). "Marvel CEO Ike Perlmutter Gives $1M to Trump's Veterans Fundraiser". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved February 1, 2016. 
  16. ^ Federal Election Commission (FEC) (June 30, 2016). "Schedule A FEC Form Trump Victory Campaign". docquery.fec.gov. 
  17. ^ a b Haberman, Maggie, and Glenn Thrush, "Trump Reaches Beyond West Wing for Counsel > Ike Perlmutter", April 22, 2017. Retrieved April 23, 2017.
External links
  • Profile of Isaac Perlmutter from BusinessWeek magazine
  • Profile of Isaac Perlmutter from Forbes magazine
  • Profile of Issac Perlmutter from Reuters
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Marvel Entertainment The Walt Disney Company Senior management
  • Isaac Perlmutter (Chairman)
  • Alan Fine (President)
  • John Turitzin
  • Joe Quesada
  • Marvel Comics
  • Marvel Press (joint with Disney Books)
TV and animation
  • Marvel Television
  • Marvel Animation
  • Marvel Characters
    • Marvel Experience
    • Marvel Universe Live!
  • Marvel Toys
  • Marvel Productions
  • Marvel Studios
    • Marvel Music
  • Marvel UK
  • Fleer/SkyBox
  • Heroes World Distribution

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