Robert P. Kogod

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Robert P. Kogod
Born1932 (age 85–86)[1]
NationalityUnited States
EducationB.A. American University (1962)
Known forReal estate developer
Spouse(s)Arlene Smith
FamilyCharles E. Smith (father-in-law)
Robert H. Smith (brother-in-law)

Robert P. Kogod is a business executive and philanthropist. Along with his brother-in-law, Robert H. Smith, Kogod led the Charles E. Smith Companies, the real estate company that developed much of the Crystal City neighborhood, just south of Washington, D.C.


In 1956, Kogod, who was already a real estate developer, married Arlene Smith, the daughter of real estate tycoon Charles E. Smith.[2] In 1959, Kogod joined the Charles E. Smith Companies.[2]

Kogod and his brother-in-law, Robert H. Smith, took charge of the company in 1967. Robert Smith oversaw construction and development, and Kogod led leasing and management.[3]

In 1995, Forbes estimated the Smith family fortune to be worth $560 million.[3]

In 2001, the residential division of the company was merged into Archstone, which was sold to Equity Residential and Avalon Bay in 2013. The commercial division of the company was merged into Vornado Realty Trust, which merged the division into JBG Smith in 2017.

Trustee positions[edit]

Kogod is a member of the Board of Regents of the Smithsonian Institution; and the Board of Directors of the District of Columbia College Access Program, the Jewish Federation of Greater Washington, Hillel International[4] and the Island Foundation on Mount Desert Island, Maine.


Kogod has given to education, the arts, and Jewish causes. His philanthropic contributions have helped fund the following:

Political involvement[edit]

Kogod has contributed to the campaigns of many politicians, almost all members of the Democratic Party, including Chris Van Hollen and Charles Schumer.[15]


  1. ^ Kogod, Robert P. (1932- )
  2. ^ a b Haggerty, Maryann (February 5, 1996). "Empire of the Son and Son-in-Law; Robert Smith and Robert Kogod Build on a Real Estate Foundation" (PDF). The Washington Post.
  3. ^ a b Schudel, Matt; Shapiro, T. Rees (December 31, 2009). "Robert Smith, 81, dies; created Arlington's Crystal City". The Washington Post.
  4. ^ Hillel International: Leadership
  5. ^ "Washington D.C.'s First Business School". American University.
  6. ^ "Israel Unveils Its New Chancery in Washington". Jewish Telegraphic Agency. December 22, 1980.
  7. ^ Trescott, Jacqueline (November 16, 2004). "Old Patent Office Gets A $25 Million Boost". The Washington Post.
  8. ^ Trescott, Jacqueline (September 26, 2010). "Robert and Arlene Kogod, Jaylee and Gilbert Mead donated millions to D.C. arts". The Washington Post.
  9. ^ a b c d e Trescott, Jacqueline (September 26, 2010). "Two Key D.C. Theater Benefactors: the Meads and the Kogods". The Washington Post.
  10. ^ ISHERWOOD, CHARLES (November 4, 2007). "At Washington's Shakespeare Theater, donor a personal corner". The New York Times.
  11. ^ Marks, Peter (June 6, 2017). "He built a ragtag theater into an American trendsetter. Now Woolly Mammoth's founder is retiring". The Washington Post.
  12. ^ Robert and Arlene Kogod Program on Aging
  13. ^ Kogod Research Center for Contemporary Jewish Thought
  14. ^ The Robert and Arlene Kogod Library of Judaic Studies
  15. ^ Robert Kogod: Political Campaign Contributions