Familiar names, deep pockets
What do Kirk Kerkorian, Ross and Margot Perot and Josephine Ford have in common? They are all associated to some extent with the auto industry. And the four recently were named among America's 100 most generous philanthropists. Kerkorian, 81, is a major stakeholder in DaimlerChrysler and led an unsuccessful hostile takeover bid for the former Chrysler Corp. According to a Worth magazine study, he has given away more than $187 million, ranking him as the 20th most-generous American. The Perots - he is 68 and she is 65 - are ranked No. 26. Ross Perot headed Dallas-based Electronic Data Systems Corp. and briefly was a member of General Motors' board of directors. The Perots have given away more then $160 million. Ford, 75, is the only daughter of Edsel Ford and the sister of William Clay Ford Sr. Her gifts of $120 million rank her No. 32. The No. 1 giver, according to Worth: financier George Soros, at a hefty $2 billion.
BAD BREAK - Steve Berrard, the hard-driving co-CEO of Republic Industries Inc., hasn't let an injury slow him down. Berrard's leg was broken in several places in February during a snowmobile accident in Colorado. Although he has undergone surgery on the leg and continues with daily physical therapy, Berrard remains on the job at Republic's headquarters in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. Oscar Suris, a Republic spokesman, said Berrard has missed just one scheduled speaking engagement. Said Suris: 'He had every intention of going, until more rational people talked him out of it.'
SCENT OF THE JAGUAR - Since its U.S. introduction in December 1998 in the Neiman Marcus catalog, Parfums Jaguars S.A. has been so successful that it says it now is talking with other stateside retailers. The company, which offers such fragrances as 'Jaguar for Men' and 'Essentially Jaguar' for women, is a licensee of the Jaguar Collection, a wholly owned subsidiary of Jaguar Cars. It plans to launch a fragrance for men in 2000 to celebrate the new millennium.
ANOTHER BOND BIMMER -James Bond will be back in a BMW in his next movie, The World is Not Enough. Actor Pierce Brosnan, playing Bond, will battle greed, world domination and high-tech terrorism (what else?) with the help of the new 400-hp Z8. The movie is due in theaters in November. The Z8, Bond's third BMW after the Z3 (Goldeneye) and the 750iL (Tomorrow Never Dies), is due in showrooms in early 2000.