NEW YORK — Gerald Levin, his fortunes battered by a stormy corporate marriage, may make some waves in his personal life as well. According to an item in Sunday’s New York Times, people close to the former AOL Time Warner CEO say he’s on the way to divorcing Barbara, his wife of 32 years.
His new flame is talent agent-turned-psychologist Laurie Perlman. She used to be married to Jack Rapke, former co-chairman of Creative Artists Agency, and for a time the two were a high-profile Hollywood couple.
Levin, who ankled the media giant a year ago under a cloud, is reportedly strapped for cash after AOL TW stock headed south and is selling off several homes and an interest in a Napa vineyard.
Viacom chairman Sumner Redstone is sympathetic. “I just hope he has enough to live in the style that he is entitled to,” he said last week on “The Big Heist,” a CNBC documentary about the merger.
Redstone said he turned down the AOL merger offer that Levin later took. But the two men may have at least one thing in common. Redstone and Phyllis, his wife of 55 years, divorced last summer. He’s engaged to New York school teacher Paula Fortunato.