Reclusive Marvel CEO Ike Perlmutter Photographed in Public at Trump Event
The mogul met with the president-elect at Mar-a-Lago on Wednesday.
Ike Perlmutter, the CEO of Marvel Entertainment, has been photographed in public — a rare instance for the reclusive mogul.
Perlmutter met with Donald Trump at his Mar-a-Lago estate on Wednesday and was photographed by Jonathan Ernst for Reuters news agency. The image shows a sunglasses-wearing Perlmutter and Trump peering out of a window.
Perlmutter was helping organize a health summit with the president-elect at Trump's Florida retreat.
Unlike executives at other major studios and networks, the 74-year-old Marvel CEO has been photographed very few times over the years. Perlmutter was said to have showed up at 2008's Iron Man premiere in disguise, Hollywood Reporter editor-at-large Kim Masters reported in a definitive 2014 profile of the mogul.
Getty Images and Associated Press photo databases currently show zero results for Perlmutter.
For its August 19 issue this year, THR even commissioned an artist, Paul Tuller, to illustrate a portrait of the mogul based on descriptions from those close to him. The image accompanied a feature by senior editor Eriq Gardner that looked at a thorny legal battle that Perlmutter had become involved with in the past several years in Florida.
Perlmutter has ties to the Republican party and is a longtime friend of Trump; he was reported to have had Thanksgiving dinner with the president-elect at Mar-a-Lago this year.
The mogul, who sold his company to Disney for $4 billion in 2009, had donated $1 million to Trump's veterans fundraiser last January during the 2016 election's primary season.
Perlmutter is estimated to have a net worth of $3.9 billion, according to Forbes' tally, although he doesn't appear on Bloomberg's Billionaires Index. The headshot of Perlmutter on his Forbes page is one of the few images that has circulated of him online prior to Wednesday.