Ike Perlmutter is the reclusive billionaire who is the second highest owner of Disney stock and is also the guy in charge of Marvel Films. He is a notorious cheapskate. A guy who worked for him tells how he got a letter from a friend and attached to the letter with a paper clip was the friend’s business card. He took the card off the letter after reading it and tossed the letter into the waste basket. Ike came into his office and looked at his waste basket and saw the paper clip attached to it. He took it off and told the guy that he should save it because if he didn’t Ike would have to buy another one for him if he needed it.
Another story tells of how Ike would take a piece of paper that had writing on only one side of it and tear it into eight pieces so he could use the blank sides as memos. On and on the stories go about him being a tight wad which doesn’t bother me in the least. I was brought up with the idea supposedly put our by Ben Franklin. “waste not want not.” I guess I also like to pinch the silver dollar until the eagle screams.
It is said that he had one black actor in his first movie about one of those marvel characters but changed to another one in the follow-up sequence because he could hire him for less money. Most of the actors who have worked for him complain about the meager wages. Interesting though, they do sign contracts and perform for those wages so Ike pretty much figured out what they are worth.
Ike, unlike me, is very wealthy. He is worth around 3.8 billion according to some estimates. Some say it is more and others say not that much but what’s a billion or so among friends. He didn’t become a billionaire by saving paper clips but he probably put together his first few hundred or thousand by doing that and from that initial frugality which allowed him to gain some assets – you know as Ben says a penny saved is a penny earned, or as Ike would say a penny not thrown away is a penny saved – which assets allowed him to buy other assets and begin his assent into the billionaire clouds.
Ike was born in 1942 – he served in the Israeli army and came to the United States in his twenties with $250 in his pocket. Not much is known about him since he is a very, very private man. So little is known is that the only known photograph of him was taken about thirty years ago. So it was somewhat surprising when a Reuter’s photographer seeing The Trump looking out the window at his residence in Florida saw him standing in the background. He snapped the picture and we now have an up-to-date photograph of him. It did turn out he gave a million dollars to a veteran’s group on behalf of the fund The Trump was raising for the veterans.
You can Google Perlmutter to find out more although you won’t find out too much other than what I’ve spelled out. The Daily Beast has an article “Meet the Reclusive Marvel Mogul Who Loves Marco Rubio and Donald Trump” which has more information than most. One quote in that article really caught my attention because of my fear that Trump is going to lead us into war with Iran because of his closeness to Israel and Netanyahu’s desire that we attack Iran.
It reads: “He didn’t have any children, and he did tell me once that he would leave everything to Israel when he died.” It reminded me of the other billionaire Sheldon Adelson who has urged America to use nuclear weapons against Iran by dropping one on Tehran a city of over eight million people. (Google “Sheldon Adelson Iran”) Adelson said he would want his sons to grow up and serve in the Israeli military.
I’ve always been bothered that these guys who make their money in the United States using the great freedoms here have so little gratitude to this country. But what heightens it is their pushing for the US to lose its wealth and troops to fight Israel’s enemies real or imagined as if the 3.8 billion plus we give each year is not enough.
They have a friend in The Trump. Their hearts are with Israel. Do you wonder why Trump brought up the nuclear issue. It all augurs tough days ahead for America.