Marvel Chairman Ike Perlmutter, who according to Marvel is not retired despite his latest FEC filings listing his occupation as such, attended a Republican fundraiser last night that raised $10 million for the Trump Victory organization. According to a report from Politico, the required donation was $580,600 per couple to attend the event at the home of Palm Beach billionaire Nelson Peltz along with other wealthy Trumpbronies. That's a lot pricier than the $750 it cost to snag a selfie with Perlmutter at a cancer charity event.
Ike and his likely dining companion, wife Laura Perlmutter, have donated millions to Trump's campaigns, with Laura Perlmutter serving on Trump's inauguration committee and Ike Perlmutter serving as an unofficial advisor on the subject of veterans' healthcare, a position which earned him the ire of Congress and launched a government investigation after Perlmutter and other rich Palm Beach friends of the President reportedly put the breaks on VA medical record reform. The reclusive Perlmutter was photographed for the first time in decades meeting with the President at Mar-a-Lago shortly after winning the election. During Trump's early presidency, Perlmutter was seen flying with the President on Air Force One. The Perlmutters were present at a televised VA bill signing in 2017, with Trump presenting Ike Perlmutter with the pen used to sign the bill.
While dinner may have been expensive, Perlmutter has plenty of money to spare. The billionaire's net worth has grown by $1.25 billion dollars since the start of the Trump era. As one of the largest individual stockholders of Disney in the wake of Disney buying Marvel back in 2009, Perlmutter benefits financially from the success of everything that happens at Disney and Marvel, even if Perlmutter's influence at the House of Ideas has waned amidst an ongoing power struggle with Marvel Studios head Kevin Feige. So don't feel too bad that Perlmutter had to pay for such a pricey dinner. If you add up every Marvel comic book and movie ticket you've bought over the last few years, you may have even helped pay for a tiny, delicious morsel yourself.