Ike Perlmutter: 5 things to know about Marvel CEO who met with Trump

It may sound like an unlikely meeting: Marvel Entertainment CEO Ike Perlmutter sitting down with President-elect Donald Trump as the latter plans his transition into the presidency.

But the comic book mogul is a known Trump supporter. Both are part-time Palm Beach residents, with Perlmutter’s condo just a few miles away from Trump’s Mar-a-Lago Club.

President-elect Donald Trump stands at the entrance of Mar-a-Lago on Wednesday, Dec. 28, 2016, in Palm Beach. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

President-elect Donald Trump stands at the entrance of Mar-a-Lago on Wednesday, Dec. 28, 2016, in Palm Beach. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

The pair met Wednesday at Mar-a-Lago as Trump and his transition team continue the process of interviewing candidates for cabinet vacancies.

Here are five things to know about Perlmutter.

1. His wife is on Trump’s Presidential Inaugural Committee. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Laurie Perlmutter is helping plan Trump’s inauguration, along with producer Mark Burnett and casino owner Steve Wynn.

2. He’s worth nearly $4 billion. Forbes estimates his net worth as $3.9 billion as of Dec. 28.

3. Just try finding a photo of him. He’s notoriously private — he reportedly attended the 2008 premiere of Marvel’s “Iron Man” incognito — to the point that when The Hollywood Reporter needed a current photo of him to use with an August article, Perlmutter’s publicists rebuffed their request. So the entertainment news giant got creative: They had an artist create an illustration of Perlmutter instead. Reuters grabbed a photo of him during his meeting with Trump on Wednesday, with Bloomberg reporter Jennifer Epstein tweeting the image with the caveat that it was taken “through glass, obscured by wrought iron & dim light.”

4. He’s credited with many for the meteoric rise of Marvel Entertainment. He engineered Disney’s $4 billion acquisition of Marvel, and has led the charge to bring comic-book lore into the popular consciousness.

5. He ate Thanksgiving dinner with the Trump family this year. According to The New York Post, Perlmutter was at Mar-a-Lago for the holiday meal, along with fellow Palm Beach County resident Don King and romance novel heart-throb Fabio.

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