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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: When you sold Consolidated did you continue to smoke H. Upmann?

Perelman: No. I wasn't getting the product then. I was smoking Davidoff, a little bit of Cohiba. But our cigars coming out of the Dominican now are very close to--if not as good as--the Cuban product that I was getting.

Shanken: Have you ever visited Cuba?

Perelman: No. I've been scheduled to visit and unfortunately had business conflicts, but I am very anxious to go down. Absolutely.

Shanken: Do you recall how you first got interested in cigars? Did your father smoke cigars? Did your grandfather?

Perelman: I remember specifically. I was about 26 years old, and I was at a meeting with about 12 people, and the meeting was dragging and dragging and dragging. Across the table from me was one of our lawyers, who pulled out a cigar, and I'd never thought about smoking, but it looked like he was enjoying it to such a great extent that I wanted to try one. So I had one that day, and from that day on, I have smoked cigars.

Shanken: Had you smoked cigarettes before then?

Perelman: No.

Shanken: Who was the lawyer? He deserves recognition.

Perelman: Laddie Montague.

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