Lunch with the FT: Ron Perelman

Over sole at a Michelin two-star restaurant the pugnacious dealmaker talks about love, leveraged buyouts and litigation

By Andrew Edgecliffe-Johnson

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He has accumulated five marriages, eight  children, a $12bn-$14bn fortune and countless legal bills from run-ins with  family members, business associates and regulators. So it’s not a surprise that  Ron Perelman collects restaurants, too. The pugnacious dealmaker has invested in  establishments from Graydon Carter’s Monkey Bar in Midtown Manhattan to Harlem’s  fashionable Red Rooster. He once fought to close the bistro Le Bilboquet because  of “illegal” outdoor tables on his block, only to fund its move to a larger  venue two streets away.

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