Billionaire Philanthropist Gives $100-Million to Columbia U. Business School

Ronald O. Perelman, chief executive officer of MacAndrews & Forbes Holdings Inc., has pledged $100-million to Columbia University’s business school for a new business-education center on its Manhattanville campus. The business school will recognize Mr. Perelman’s gift by naming one of its two buildings on the campus the Ronald O. Perelman Center for Business Innovation.

A member of the business school’s board since 1994, Mr. Perelman made a $25-million gift in February to the University of Pennsylvania, his alma mater, for a new center for political science and economics.

Mr. Perelman, who has a net worth of $13.7-billion, is No. 65 on the Bloomberg Billionaire’s Index, according to Bloomberg News.

View The Chronicle’s list of the largest private gifts made to higher education since 1967.

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