The New York Post is reporting that Marvel CEO Ike Perlmutter will, in the "coming months," join President-Elect Donald Trump's White House staff as a "key aide on veterans affairs." Neither the New York Post or Bleeding Cool's follow-up mention an official title but one source close to the story told the Post that Perlmutter responsibilities would lead to him "becoming a key adviser on veterans' health care."
From the Post:
Marvel Entertainment billionaire Ike Perlmutter is set to become a key aide on veterans affairs in the Trump administration, sources told On the Money.
The comic book king, who parlayed his ownership of Marvel into a large independent stake in Disney, is best known for being a recluse.
News organizations have almost no images of the 74-year-old executive, though a photographer nabbed a shot of him standing next to Trump at a window at Mar-a-Largo in December.
The Post continues to state that "The Marvel money man, who is a neighbor of Trump's in Palm Beach" is himself an Israeli Army veteran of the "Six-Day War back in 1967."
Although reclusive, Ike and his wife Laura - who is herself on Trump's Inauguration Committee - Perlmutter have a history of donating not only their money but their time to "philanthropic" causes. From Bleeding Cool:
The Perlmutters have also engaged in philanthropic work with hospitals, including donating $50 million to NYU's Langone Medical Center, resulting in the university naming the center's cancer wing after the Perlmutters. Laura Perlmutter also worked at the hospital as a volunteer.
We will find out in the next couple of months if this report is accurate. If so it will be interesting to see if Ike Perlmutter will be willing to be seen in public more often as his new responsibilities may force him to be noticed.