Ronald Perelman

CATEGORY: Billionaires
COMPANY: Scientific Games Corp.

WHAT MAKES HIM HAUTE: Yet another self-made billionaire on our list, Perelman made his fortune through leveraged buyouts. In 2008, the Chronicle of Philanthropy listed Perelman as the 26th largest donor in the U.S., having donated more than $63 million to a multitude of charities in 2008 alone. He just branched into the restaurant business, opening Monkey Bar in Manhattan with Vanity Fair editor Graydon Carter and Blue Parrot in East Hampton with Renée Zellweger.

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