Some families have Scrabble night. Others amuse themselves by suing one another. The famous Perelmans are at it again, except this time, instead of competing with one another, the philanthropically-inclined family is trying to out-do other families. After catching wind of some people called the “Perlmans” trying to take away their “The E Is Silent” mojo, and donate a bunch of money to Penn, the Perelmans decided to fight back.
Round 1: On January 30th, Richard and Ellen Perlman donated $1.65 million to an entrepreneurship competition that was subsequently named after them.
Round 2: On February 4th, Ronald Perleman, son of Raymond, upped the ante and donated $25 million for a new political science and economics center, at 36th and Chestnut.
Either that, or they just thought the Perlmans were the Perelmans, and instinctually started competing with themselves. [Daily Pennsylvanian]