Richard C. Perry
Perry's mother, Merel, who, for a time ran a small import business, is sister to former Bear Stearns C.E.O. James Cayne. His father, Arnold, ran several firms; two were a book publisher and a business-machine company, both unsuccessful. When Richard Perry was age 13, his parents divorced.
Perry received a B.S. degree from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania in 1977. While at Penn his father cut off funds, forcing him to become a movie-theater usher at night. He was eventually promoted to the chain manager. After a summer internship he was hired by Goldman Sachs on a equity options trading desk. During this time, Perry earned a MBA at night from NYU's Business School.
He soon moved to the famed equity-arbitrage desk at Goldman Sachs run by Robert Rubin. During this time he was Rubin's teaching assistant at NYU Stern and even babysat Rubin's children. He eventually left to form Perry Capital in 1988.
Perry's first major investment was Florists' Transworld Delivery (FTD), which Perry Capital acquired in 1994 for $130 million. Among his actions was installing Meg Whitman as the C.E.O. In 2004, he sold his stake in the company for $450 million.
In May 2012, Perry's firm acquired ownership of Barneys. Perry was the store's biggest creditor and in the takeover reduced Barneys's $590 million debt to $50 million. It will have three seats on the seven-member board of directors, including former majority owner Istithmar World, new investor Yucaipa Companies, and Barneys's current C.E.O. Mark Lee.
Perry is an ardent supporter of Democratic Party-associated causes, institutions, and people, including President Obama. He, with his wife and fashion designer Lisa Perry, resides in a remodeled 17-room townhouse on New York City's Sutton Place. He purchased the property in 2000 for $10.9 million, $4 million below its listed price. The domicile is filled with some of the best examples of Pop art, which have inspired the clothing style of his wife.
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