Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Englewood Man Dies Weeks after Colo. Ski Injuries

Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Englewood Man Dies Weeks after Colo. Ski Injuries

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Donald G. Drapkin, a 67-year-old hedge fund investor and philanthropist, died Monday of injuries he suffered while skiing in Aspen, Colo., in January, according to family friends.

The friends said he apparently was unaware of a head injury he sustained while skiing and appeared to be doing well until he suddenly fell ill and was hospitalized in Denver on Feb. 17.

Drapkin, who lived in Englewood and had homes in Aspen and Miami, was chairman and founder of Casablanca Capital LP. He began his career as an attorney at Cravath, Swaine and Moore in Manhattan.

For many years Drapkin was an associate of the financier Ronald O. Perelman in Perelman's holding company, MacAndrews & Forbes, where he worked as a dealmaker for 20 years and put together some of Perelman's biggest acquisitions, like Revlon and Marvel Comics.

But Drapkin and MacAndrews had a falling out after Drapkin left the firm in 2007, and a federal court in 2012 ordered his former employer to pay him $16 million for violating the separation agreement they had signed when he left. …

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