Samantha Perelman is the daughter of Ronald Perelman to his second wife, Claudia Cohen. She is their only child, but has seven other siblings from her father’s side. The couple divorced in 1994.
She went to the University of Pennsylvania, an institution to which her father has donated heavily.
Her father, 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.
Over the past four decades, Mr. Perelman has become known as an accomplished industrialist and generous philanthropist. He is recognized as an innovative leader and a major supporter of many of the nation’s most prominent cultural, educational and medical institutions.
In April 2014, the Ronald O. Perelman Center for Emergency Services at NYU Langone Medical Center opened. The Center more than tripled the size of the former Emergency Department, helping to meet the growing need for emergency care service in NYC.
Mr. Perelman’s commitment to education and passion for entrepreneurship is reflected by his landmark donation to Columbia Business School in 2013, establishing the Ronald O. Perelman Center for Business Innovation. The gift will fund the creation of a new facility and develop programming for the next generation of global business leaders.
A longtime supporter of the University of Pennsylvania, Mr. Perelman announced the creation of the Perelman Center for Political Science and Economics in February 2013. The Center will foster the teaching and research required to develop positions on national and international matters.
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).