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Jerry Perenchio Birthday Highlights

Birth Name
Andrew Jerrold Perenchio
Place Of Birth
Fresno, USA
93 years old
Birth Date
December 20 1930

Jerry Perenchio Facts

Child Star?
Education & Qualifications
University of California
Net Worth
Current Partner
Margaret Perenchio
John Perenchio, Catherine Wandel, Candace Lee
Andrew Perenchio, Dorothea Harvey Perenchio

About Jerry Perenchio 

Andrew Jerrold Perenchio was born in Fresno, California, on December 20, 1930.

Jerry Perenchio was an American philanthropist and wealthy businessman. At one point, he was the Chief Executive Officer and the Chairman of Univision.

Jerry Perenchio negotiated some of the most valuable deals ever in the entertainment industry, including the 1993 sale of Motown Records to PolyGram, the 1989 sale of A&M Records to PolyGram, and the 1969 sale of Caesars Palace to Lums Restaurants. He organised sports events, such as boxing championships between Muhammad Ali and Joe Frasier in Madison Square Garden. In 1964, he formed a Hollywood talent organisation, representing stars like Marlon Brando and Elizabeth Taylor, as well as producing shows such as 'The Jeffersons'. At the age of 86, Perenchio died of lung cancer in his Bel Air residence on May 23, 2017.

Jerry Perenchio Net Worth, Earnings & Spending Habits

What was Jerry Perenchio’s net worth?

American entertainment executive, Jerry Perenchio had an estimated net worth of $2.7 billion.

How much did Jerry Perenchio earn per year?

Jerry Perenchio earned around $10 million per year.

Height, Age & Physical Attributes

How tall was Jerry Perenchio?

Jerry Perenchio was 5 ft 6 in (171 cm) tall.

How old was Jerry Perenchio?

Andrew Jerrold Perenchio was born on December 20, 1930, and died on May 23, 2017, at the age of 86.

Childhood And Education

Jerry Perenchio was the only son of Andrew and Dorothea Harvey Perenchio and the grandson of Madeline D'Adda and John Perenchio.

Perenchio grew up in Fresno. He moved to LA for three years, to complete his graduation at the Black Foxe Military College, in 1949. Later that year, he was admitted to UCLA, where he earned his Bachelor's in Business, in 1954.

Jerry worked small jobs in order to fund his education and then founded a tiny firm called Party Management, which organised band performances and other events at the University of California.

Perenchio was an associate of the ROTC Air Force during his final years at UCLA, because of which he had to serve for three years in the Air Force post completing graduation. In 1955, he earned his position as a jet fighter pilot, being the second lieutenant in the Air Force.

Family, Romance And Relationships

Who was Jerry Perenchio’s partner?

Perenchio married three times and Margaret Perenchio was his third wife. From his first marriage, he had one son, John, and two adopted daughters, Catherine Wandel and Candace Lee, and has six grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

Career And Professional Highlights

Best Known For…

In 1958, Andrew Jerrold Perenchio began working for Music Corporation of America in the Department of Band and Act.

He rose through the levels to be titled the agency's youngest Vice President. Perenchio founded Chartwell Artists, a talent agency, with an associate in 1963, after MCA disbanded.

Chartwell Artists was formed after he combined with the Hugh French Agency. Chartwell Artists represented artists such as Marlon Brando, Elton John and Elizabeth Taylor. Perenchio invited Elton John to Los Angeles from London, to play in August 1970. After the initial performance, word got out and John evolved into a popular name, establishing his career in America. Chartwell Artists by then has grown to become the world's fifth-largest talent agency.

Jerry Perenchio publicised the famous fight, which featured Muhammad Ali and Joe Frasier and was held at Madison Square Garden in March 1971. He also promoted the tennis match between Billie Jean King and Bobby Riggs at the Houston Astrodome two years later, in September 1973. It had one of the biggest live attendance ever for a tennis match.

While working on the 'Andy Williams Show', Norman Lear met Perenchio. Perenchio and Lear proceeded on to found T.A.T. Communications Company, which produced 'One Day at a Time,' and 'The Jeffersons', among other successful situation comedies, and ultimately bought Embassy Pictures, a distribution company in 1982 along with Horn as the CEO.

Jerry worked separately with Yorkin to create Ridley Scott's 1982 dystopian science fiction movie, 'Blade Runner', which starred Harrison Ford. In 1985, The Coca-Cola Company bought the Embassy for shares worth $485 million in the Coca-Cola Company.

Charity Work

Jerry Perenchio supported several projects as a big philanthropist. In 2010, he gave $4.8 million to the UCLA Foundation, and in 2011, he gave $1 million to the Los Angeles Opera.

Jerry Perenchio stated in late 2014 that he would be donating much of his art collection to the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, including at least 47 works worth more than $500 million.

What awards did Jerry Perenchio win?

At Cal State University, Jerry Perenchio was awarded an honorary Doctorate of Fine Arts degree in 2011.

Perenchio's 'Driving Miss Daisy' with the Zanuck Company, starring Jessica Tandy and Morgan Freeman, won four Academy Awards, including Best Picture, Best Adapted Screenplay, and Best Actress in 1989.

Other Interesting Jerry Perenchio Facts And Trivia

  • Perenchio bought Chartwell, a 42-room former Arnold Kirkeby home in Bel Air, that was famous as the Clampett family mansion in the '60s television series, 'The Beverly Hillbillies'.
  • Jerry co-owned Embassy Communications with Norman Lear.

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