Where was Ronald Perelman last night?
The owner and chairman of Revlon was mysteriously absent Saturday night from the annual fundraiser he hosts for the Apollo Theater. Perelman very often “plays drums” with the Roots, the house band. Last night’s performers included Sting with Shaggy, Chris Martin of Coldplay, Chaka Khan, Pharrell Williams, Mavis Staples, Jamie Foxx, and, of course, Jon Bon Jovi.
There were plenty of A list celebrities (Jimmy Fallon, Robert Downey Jr., Christie Brinkley) at the show, which takes place at Perelman’s massive property called The Creeks, in Wainscott, the village between East Hampton and Bridgehampton.
But there was no sign of Perelman himself, who never misses the event. As one reveler put it, “he’d have to have been pretty sick to miss this.”
So what happened? Perelman’s spokesman tells me that he came down with a bacterial infection on Friday and had a temperature of 103. He spent the night in Cornell Medical Center, New York Hospital. “He’s home now and doing much better,” says the rep.