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Ron Perelman

Ron Perelman, one of the wealthiest men in America, sits down for his first ever Q&A.
Marvin R. Shanken
From the Print Edition:
Ron Perelman, Spring 95

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Shanken: But there have to be moments of weakness. There are perhaps a dozen people in the world today who have achieved what you have achieved, pretty much on your own.

Perelman: Yes. With a group of intelligent, well-experienced individuals as part of the team.

Shanken: But you are the team leader. If you were a failure, the failure would not be passed on. I mean if you screwed up, you're the one, not the guys around you.

Perelman: Absolutely right.

Shanken: So, there has to be a moment when you have to take enormous pride and satisfaction.

Perelman: Very rare. I guess I don't think about the scope of it that seriously, and I guess I put it in context with what I'd like to see us doing over the next several years. But what we've done in the past doesn't take on any importance to me. From a distance you might think that it would. I really don't think about it in the context of what we've done in the past or pat ourselves on the back or take great satisfaction. I mean...

Shanken: So what you're saying is that the job is not done yet.

Perelman: It's just beginning.


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