Charles S. Cohen
Charles S. Cohen
Cohen at the 2013 Miami International Film Festival
|Born||February 8, 1952|
|Residence||Manhattan, New York|
|Education||Tufts University (B.A.) |
Brooklyn Law School (J.D.)
|Occupation||real estate developer|
|Known for||President and CEO of Cohen Brothers Realty Corporation|
|Net worth||US$3.65 billion (04 October 2016)|
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Charles S. Cohen (born February 8, 1952) is an American real estate developer and film producer.
Early life and education
Cohen was raised in a Jewish family in Harrison, New York, the son of Gloria and Sherman Cohen. His father was founder of Cohen Brothers Realty & Construction Corporation which he founded with his two brothers in the 1950s. At the age of 16, he made his first short film winning an honorable mention at the Kodak Teenage Movie Awards competition. Cohen attended New York University for a year and a half before transferring to Tufts University where he majored in English. In 1974, Cohen graduated from Tufts. In 1997 he graduated from Brooklyn Law School.
Real Estate: Cohen Brothers Realty Corporation is a private commercial real estate development and management firm with a portfolio of 12 million square feet of Class A office buildings and showrooms of over 300 high end luxury companies across the United States. Signature projects include the revitalization of Manhattan’s renowned Decoration & Design (D&D) Building, the Southern California’s Pacific Design Center and the Design Center of the Americas (DCOTA) in South Florida, the largest design center in the United States.
Beyond his self-declared mastery of business transactions, he has brought his subjectively impeccable taste and style to a wide range of high-profile projects, from office skyscrapers, corporate parks, design centers and his newest passion: hotels and multiplexes.
Perhaps the best illustration of this is Mr. Cohen’s impressive revitalization of the D&D (Decoration & Design) Building on Manhattan’s East Side. In repositioning this once-proud specialty building into a true showcase property, Mr. Cohen turned a seemingly outdated structure into the premier luxury home furnishings center in the world. He has done the same in three other parts of the country – in Texas at the Decorative Center Houston, in South Florida at the Design Center of the Americas (DCOTA) in Dania Beach, and on the West Coast at the Pacific Design Center in West Hollywood.
Mr. Cohen has worked with a remarkable lineup of architects and design professionals on many prominent projects built for an array of Fortune 100 companies. In transforming the former General Foods Headquarters in White Plains, N.Y, into a Class-A multi-tenanted business center, Mr. Cohen worked with legendary architect Philip Johnson. He has completed projects with architects Cesar Pelli, Helmut Jahn and Allan Greenberg and interior designers Adam Tihany and Jacques Garcia. In addition, Mr. Cohen has acquired buildings designed by the architectural firms of Kohn, Pederson & Fox and Mr. Pelli.
Mr. Cohen’s signature New York City properties include 623 Fifth Avenue, 622 Third Avenue, 135 East 57th Street, 750 Lexington Avenue, 3 East 54th Street, 805 Third Avenue, 3 Park Avenue, 475 Park Avenue South and the D&D Building at 979 Third Avenue. 
Film Production and Distribution: Charles S. Cohen formed Cohen Media Group in 2008 to produce and distribute independent and arthouse films throughout North America. Cohen Media Group is today the largest American distributor of French films in the United States, while its specialty home entertainment label, the Cohen Film Collection, releases restored and remastered editions of classic Hollywood and foreign films on Digital platforms, Blu-ray and DVD. Cohen Media Group has distributed over 120 feature films and 10 shorts. Coming off the back of its success at the 2017 Academy Awards® with Best Foreign Language Film winner The Salesman, Cohen Media Group scored two nominations at this year’s ceremony, marking CMG’s 8th Oscar nomination since the company was formed 10 years ago. A token of Cohen’s dedication to world cinema, Lebanese drama The Insult was nominated for Best Foreign Language Film, while Faces Places, from iconic French director Agnès Varda and artist JR, was nominated for Best Documentary Feature. The Company has also acquired the rights to over 800 films, including cinema landmarks from Douglas Fairbanks and Buster Keaton. Charles Cohen recently acquired Merchant Ivory Productions, best known for Howards End and Maurice. Additionally, Cohen Media Group has several feature film and television productions currently in the works.  
Film Exhibition. In 2016, Charles S. Cohen spectacularly renovated and reopened one of New York City’s most revered movie houses, the historic Quad Cinema in the heart of Greenwich Village, New York City. He also in the process of redeveloping the historic Larchmont Playhouse in Westchester County into an arthouse/independent film multiplex and is in the planning stage of redeveloping an arthouse/independent film multiplex in West Palm Beach, Florida. In 2017, Cohen’s acquisition of the iconic Paris cinema La Pagode, an integral part of French cultural history, which dates back to 1896, adds to his growing catalogue of arthouse cinemas. Mr. Cohen is currently working with the French government on the plans of the restoration of this Parisian landmark.   In 2018, Charles S. Cohen purchased Landmark Theatres, the nation's largest specialized theater chain dedicated to independent cinema with 252 screens in 27 markets.
Hotel Ownership and Management: Le Meridien in Fort Lauderdale becomes the first venture into the hospitality arena. Mr. Cohen is currently in the midst of a major redevelopment of the hotel, which is located on the DCOTA (Design Centers of America) campus.
Fashion: Two top UK fashion labels, Savile Row tailor Richard James and luxury shoe manufacturer and retailer Harrys of London, were acquired in 2016 and 2017. Cohen has a majority stake and serves as Chairman at Richard James, which recently celebrated its 25th Anniversary. Cohen serves as Chairman and has a 100% interest in UK-based Harrys of London. Cohen will facilitate the brands’ international growth strategies, beginning with Manhattan store openings for both this spring.
Wine Production: Château de Chausse, a 30-year-old Award-winning, 135-acre vineyard in Provence near St Tropez was acquired in 2017. Plans include restoring the stunning Château itself and surrounding gardens, as well as a major expansion of the wine making facility. The vineyard will be fully organic.
Marvin Alexander: Cohen recently acquired 100% of leading New York City-based lighting company Marvin Alexander, Inc. and its subsidiaries L’Etoile and Couture Shades, with plans to take the brand national and then global. The almost 60-year-old company has long been recognized as a premier source by top decorators and interior designers seeking the very best antique and reproduction lighting and custom shades. Cohen will become Chairman and David Reitner, Managing Director, who has been with the company 24 years, will work closely with Cohen and oversee day-to-day operations.
Leather Goods and Luggage: In 2018, Cohen acquired T Anthony, a 73-year-old luxury leather goods & luggage company renowned for servicing the globetrotting lifestyles in a luxurious but practical way. The stylish and durable line of luggage is the choice travel companion for members of the British Royal Family, the elite of Hollywood, American Presidents and VIPs from around the Globe.
From 1991 to 1993 he was a chairman at the Federal Law Enforcement Foundation. Cohen is not actively philanthropic, but has served 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.
Cohen has been married twice. He has four children from his two marriages. He is divorced from his first wife; they have two children, a daughter and a son who works in real-estate finance. In 2004, he married his second wife, Clodagh "Clo" Margaret Jacobs, a former marketing and publicity executive for fashion designer Jimmy Choo, in a Jewish ceremony at the St. Regis Hotel in Manhattan; they also have two children. The couple divides their time between homes in Manhattan and in suburban Connecticut.
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