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Meet reclusive Marvel billionaire Ike Perlmutter, Trump’s close friend

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  • Marvel Chairman Ike Perlmutter turned a dying comic-book maker into a billion-dollar mainstream-movie machine.
  • Perlmutter has a $4.5 billion fortune that he has spent on a $200,000 annual membership to President Trump’s Mar-a-Largo club and New York City real estate. 
  • Perlmutter is close friends with Trump and reportedly was his top adviser on the Department of Veterans Affairs.
  • A former NYPD sergeant said Perlmutter traded tickets to Marvel premieres for an expedited gun permit.
  • Perlmutter keeps such a low profile that he reportedly once attended a premiere of a Marvel film in disguise and has never done a public interview.
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For a billionaire who avoids attention, Ike Perlmutter has an outsize influence on popular culture.

Perlmutter, the billionaire chairman of Marvel Entertainment, drove the transformation of the company from a bankrupt comic-book publisher to media powerhouse whose superhero movies have generated billions upon billions in the worldwide box office. 

Perlmutter’s success story hasn’t been without friction, however. He has been criticized for his brash management style, intense frugality, and personal relationship with President Donald Trump that yielded him heavy influence at the Department of Veterans Affairs.

A representative of Perlmutter at Marvel declined Business Insider’s request or comment on the billionaire’s personal history, net worth, and lifestyle.

Keep reading to learn more about how Perlmutter makes and spends his billions.

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