Charles S. Cohen

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Charles S. Cohen
Born (1952-02-08) February 8, 1952 (age 62)
Residence Manhattan, New York
Nationality United States
Education B.A. Tufts University
J.D. Brooklyn Law School
Occupation real estate developer
film producer
Known for president and CEO of Cohen Brothers Realty Corporation
Spouse(s) Clo Jacobs
Children four
Parents Gloria Cohen
Sherman Cohen

Charles S. Cohen (born February 8, 1952)[1] is an American real estate developer.


Cohen grew up in Harrison, New York,[1] the son of Gloria and Sherman Cohen.[2] His father was founder of Cohen Brothers Realty Corporation.[2] In 1974, Cohen graduated from Tufts University and in 1977, he graduated from Brooklyn Law School.[3] Although he originally wanted to be an entertainment lawyer,[1] he instead went into the family real estate business.[4] He serves as president and chief executive of the Cohen Brothers Realty Corporation which owns more than 12 million square feet of real estate.[5][6] His firm specializes in "re-positioning" commercial space to increase its rental income[3] with a special niche in design centers.[5] In 1999, he purchased the Pacific Design Center in West Hollywood.[4]

Other Work[edit]

From 1991 to 1993 he was a chairman at the Federal Law Enforcement Foundation. Cohen serves on the Board of Trustees of the Museum of Contemporary Art, the Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art, the Lighthouse International Theater, the Public Theater, Real Estate Board of New York, the Stella Adler Studio of Acting and the Film Society of Lincoln Center.[3]


In 2001, he was awarded a Gold Medal for a patriotic service.[3] In 2002, he was awarded with the Israel Peace Medal and was also honoured by the B'nai B'rith International.[3] In 2008, he produced a film called Frozen River which received two Oscar nominations the same year.[3]

Personal life[edit]

Cohen has been married twice[1] and has four children.[3] In 2004, he married his second wife, Clodagh "Clo" Margaret Jacobs, in a Jewish ceremony at the The St. Regis Hotel in Manhattan.[2] They couple divides their time between homes in Manhattan and in suburban Connecticut.[1]