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Ronald Perelman

With a net worth of $12 billion, Ron Perelman is the 26th richest American, but his fortune didn't guarantee the Revlon tycoon a place to live at 820 Fifth Avenue. The same co-op board rejected Steve Wynn, chief executive of Wynn Resorts, and a 2009 $31 million bid from developer Jeff Blau, president of Related Companies. Tommy Hilfiger made it past the board, and owned the apartment Perelman had his eye on, but never lived there. The approved buyer eventually was Kenneth Griffin, chief executive of Citadel Investment Group. Perelman has also been rejected from two other co-ops: 4 East 66th Street and 834 Fifth Avenue, the New York Observer reports.

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