A. Jerrold (Jerry) Perenchio (born December 20, 1930) is an American billionaire businessman and philanthropist. He is the former chairman and chief executive officer of Univision.
Perenchio is the grandson of Italian immigrants Giovanni (John) Batiste Perenchio and Madeline D’Adda, who came to the United States in 1896 from the northern Italian village of Pavone. His grandfather established the Fresno Grape Exchange, built a packinghouse that shipped fresh fruits and vegetables to the Great Lakes region, and later – at the age of 60 – founded the Crestview Winery. Perenchio was raised in Fresno until the age of fifteen when he was sent to Black Foxe Military Institute in Los Angeles for three-and-a-half years, graduating in 1949. In the fall of that year he enrolled at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) and attended for five years, completing his B.S. in Business in 1954. He financed his own way through college, first with a series of odd jobs and then by establishing a small company – Party Management – that booked bands and catered parties at UCLA and the University of Southern California.
During his last two years at UCLA, Perenchio was a member of the Air Force ROTC, which required that he serve a three-year term in the Air Force after graduating. In 1955 he entered the Air Force as a 2nd Lieutenant and earned his wings as a single-engine jet fighter pilot. He was promoted to 1st Lieutenant and received an honorable discharge in 1958.
Perenchio in January 2016
|Born||Andrew Jerrold Perenchio
December 20, 1930
Fresno, California, U.S.
|Education||B.S. Business Administration|
|Alma mater||University of California, Los Angeles|
|Years active||Former Chairman and CEO of Univision (1992-2007)|
|Known for||Rules of the Road|
|Net worth||US$2.6 billion (February 2016)|
|Board member of||The Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation (2000-Present)|
|Children||1 son, 2 daughters|
|Parent(s)||Andrew Perenchio, Dorothea Harvey Perenchio|
|Awards||Honorary Doctorate of Fine Arts, Cal State University, Fresno|