With the news that Tom Price has resigned from Donald Trump's cabinet as Secretary of Health and Human Services amidst a scandal about misuse of private aircraft, it could be time for a new kind of manager to take control.
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. In a way, buying Marvel comics is basically supporting Donald Trump, as some significant share of the profits Marvel makes ends up in major stockholder Perlmutter's pocket, and eventually 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 the Marvel head honcho's official service to and financial support of the Trump administration isn't the only thing that makes a Perlmutter the perfect choice to take over Price's job. The Perlmutters have a long history of medical philanthropy, and in this area, it's Laura Perlmutter who might be even more qualified. Laura Perlmutter has served as a board trustee for NYU Medical Center since 1993, when the family established the Laura and Isaac Perlmutter Professorship and Chair in Cell Biology at the Skirball Institute of Biomolecular Medicine. In 2019, joining the already existing Laura and Isaac Perlmutter Cancer Center and Laura Perlmutter Center For Women's Imaging at NYU will be The Laura and Isaac Perlmutter Cosmetic Plastic Surgery Center.
It's clear that either Perlmutter's qualifications would make them a more sensible choice than about 90% of Trump's previous appointments. Trump tends to be loyal to his friends as long as doesn't stand to profit from screwing them over, and there's no reason to screw Ike or Laura over… yet. So as the speculation begins on who will replace Tom Price, throw our educated guess onto the list.
We've been right about far more unlikely things in the past.