Marvel Chairman Ike Perlmutter Is Now Richer Than His Friend Donald Trump

Marvel Chairman Ike Perlmutter has become more wealthy than his good friend President Donald Trump, according to the 1%er power rankings on Forbes's 400 Richest Americans list.

Perlmutter is ranked at #179 on the list, with his fortune growing from $3.6 billion on the 2016 Forbes 400 list to $3.9 billion today. Trump, on the other hand, is ranked at #248, with his net worth falling from $3.7 billion in 2016 to $3.1 billion today.

Donald Trump shakes hands with Marvel Chairman Ike Perlmutter
Donald Trump shakes hands with Marvel Chairman Ike Perlmutter at a bill signing.

Marvel Chairman Ike Perlmutter and Donald Trump aren't just close personal friends. Ike and his wife Laura Perlmutter were major campaign donors for Trump, contributing an additional five million dollars to a Trump super pac even after he was president. Call it… friends with benefits, where benefits are here described as financially supporting one's friend's rise to political power.

In a way, buying Marvel comics is essentially supporting Donald Trump, as some significant share of the profits Marvel makes ends up in major stockholder Perlmutter's pocket, and some of that eventually ends up in a donation check to Trump. Laura Perlmutter served on Trump's inauguration committee, and Ike has been an official advisor on the subject of veterans' healthcare. Trump famously gave Ike the pen he used to sign a recent veterans' healthcare bill.

But can the legendary Trump/Perlmutter friendship survive such a shift in the power dynamic? Well, Trump is still the President, and that's got to count for something, but we know that Trump hates to be upstaged. Now all that saber rattling at North Korea makes sense! Of course, there's one thing that could resolve this conflict: Ike could donate $1 billion to Trump's 2020 reelection campaign, reversing the wealth inequality between the two and making Trump feel less inadequate, and thus less prone to start a global nuclear war.

Better start buying more Marvel comics now, folks. Unless you hate friendship and like nuclear bombs.

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