Graydon's Deep Pockets

Graydon Carter is paid a very comfy salary to serve as the editor-in-chief of Vanity Fair (it's reportedly in the neighborhood of $2 million a year) and the perks that come along with the job are priceless. But is it enough to plow your cash into various restaurants around town? Probably not. A couple of weeks ago, we learned that longtime Carter pal Ron Perelman happened to own the building occupied by Carter's Waverly Inn. Over the weekend, Page Six mentioned that Ron Perelman was possibly teaming up with Jon Bon Jovi to reopen the Blue Parrot, the Tex-Mex restaurant in East Hampton, and added that "[Perelman] is said to be a backer of Graydon Carter's Monkey Bar."

If he's an investor in Carter's latest dining escapade and the Waverly Inn's landlord, we're guessing he's probably also an investor in the West Village hotspot, where he's a regular (and occasional assault victim). But it's the sexier magazine editor who, wisely, serves as front man for the expanding portfolio of eateries and the one who gets all the press. (There are other benefits to having Perelman on your side, like those free rides to St. Barts aboard Ron's Gulfstream—see here—every December.) And all Carter has to do to return the favor is keep a table open for him at the Waverly. Oh, and make sure he has an adequately impressive spot on Vanity Fair's New Establishment year after year.