Bleeding Cool has been keeping you up to date on the role Marvel CEO Isaac "Ike" Perlmutter will play in President Elect Donald Trump's administration as an advisor on Veterans' Affairs. The 74 year old billionaire and personal friend of Trump was first reported to play a role in advising Trump on Veterans' healthcare in early January, and Trump namedropped Perlmutter, calling him "one of the great men of business" and saying he was "very very involved" in planning the administration's handling of healthcare for veterans while announcing his VA chief, David Shulkin, at his first press conference as President Elect. With Perlmutter confirmed to be taking a role in the incoming administration, the question remained of how it would affect his role at Marvel, and whether he would step back from his tight control over the comic book publisher.
A report from Fortune Magazine claiming to come from an insider source says that won't be the case. Perlmutter will take on an informal but "significant" role, according to the report, but it will not affect his role as Marvel CEO, and he will not be stepping aside.
Perlmutter, who donated heavily to Trump's campaign, met with the President Elect at Trump's Mar-a-Lago resort in Palm Beach Florida in December to discuss what we now know to be veterans' health care issues, resulting in the first photo of the reclusive Marvel billionaire in decades. Perlmutter, a veteran of Israel's Six Day War, and his wife, Laura Perlmutter, are longtime supporters of hospitals through charity, 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. Perlmutter is expected to become a "key advisor on Veterans health care." Laura Perlmutter also serves on Trump's inauguration committee.
Donald Trump will be sworn in as the 45th president of the United States on Friday, January 20th.