Richard C. Perry

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Richard Cayne Perry
Born 1955 (age 61–62)
Nationality American
Education B.S. Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania
M.B.A. New York University Stern School of Business
Occupation Hedge fund manager
Known for founder of Perry Capital LLC
Net worth US$ 1.2 billion(2008)[1]
Spouse(s) Lisa Rachel Newberger
Parent(s) Merel Cayne Perry
Arnold Bernard Perry
Family James Cayne (uncle)

Richard Cayne Perry (born 1955)[2] is an American hedge fund manager whose firm Perry Capital LLC has invested in several companies and, since 2012, owns a controlling interest in Barneys New York.

Early life and education[edit]

Perry spent his early life in Chicago, the son of Merel (née Cayne) and Arnold Perry.[2][3] His mother, who ran a small import business, is sister to former Bear Stearns C.E.O. James Cayne; his father, Arnold, ran several firms including a book publisher and a business-machine company.[4][2] He moved to Manhattan at the age of 10 and when he was 13, his parents divorced.[2] He attended the Allen-Stevenson School all-boys' private grade school in Manhattan and then high school at the Milton Academy in Milton, Massachusetts, graduating in 1973.[5] He attended the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and graduated with a B.A. in 1977.[2] While attending Penn, his father was able to secure him an internship at Goldman Sachs where he worked directly under one of its partners, L. Jay Tenenbaum.[2] After graduation, he was hired by Goldman Sachs on an equity options trading desk.[2] During this time, Perry earned a M.B.A. at night from NYU's Business School.[2]


He moved to the 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.[6][7] 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.[2]

In 2005, he was among the investors providing a loan of $512 million for Malcolm Glazer to purchase British football team Manchester United.[2]

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. Perry's firm gained 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.[8]

From 2014, Perry Capital LLC became a major shareholder in the ailing Cooperative Bank in Manchester, UK, with a seat on the Board.[9]

Over the fund's first two decades, Perry posted an average return of 15 percent without ever having a down year. The fund peaked at $15 billion in assets in 2007 when it made $1.5 billion betting against subprime mortgages. In September 2016 Perry announced he would be closing his hedge fund after it lost 18.4 percent since the end of 2013 and assets had dropped by more than half and saying his style of investing no longer worked.

Personal life[edit]

In 1985, he married Lisa Rachel Newberger in a Jewish ceremony in Manhattan.[10] They reside 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.[2]

Perry is an ardent supporter of Democratic Party-associated causes, institutions, and people, including President Obama. Perry serves as a board member of the Israel Project and in 2010 co-hosted along with Seth Klarman an event for Ziad Asali, the founder and president of the American Task Force on Palestine.[11]


  1. ^ Forbes Billionaires: "Richard Perry" retrieved March 5, 2008
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k Vickers, Marcia (2008-10-07). "Looking for Trouble". Retrieved 2013-02-16. At 53 he is one of the most successful investors of our time.. 
  3. ^ New York Times: "Paid Notice: Deaths PERRY, ARNOLD" August 23, 2001
  4. ^ New York Times: "Paid Notice: Deaths PERRY, ARNOLD BERNARD" August 20, 2001
  5. ^ "Sarah Sze Creates "The Edge of One of Many Circles"". 2010-10-07. Retrieved 2012-12-12. 
  6. ^ "Richard C. Perry". Retrieved 2012-05-12. 
  7. ^ "Richard C. Perry Profile -". 2009-07-21. Retrieved 2012-05-12. 
  8. ^ The San Francisco Chronicle  Missing or empty |title= (help)[dead link]
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  10. ^ New York Times: "R. C. PERRY WED TO LISA NEWMAN" November 10, 1985
  11. ^ The Tablet: "Richard Perry’s Pet Projects - The new owner of Barney’s has also entered the Israel fray" By Allison Hoffman December 13, 2012