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Charles Benenson

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Nationality  United States
Spouse  Dorothy Cullman (m. 1942)
Name  Charles Benenson

Occupation  real estate investor
Ethnicity  Jewish
Parents  Benjamin Benenson
Known for  president of Benenson Realty Co
Partner(s)  Peggy A. Lipson Coudert
Children  with Cullman Freedman: Bruce William Benenson Frederick Benenson with Lipson Coudert: Lawrence Benenson
Died  February 22, 2004, Palm Beach, Florida, United States

Charles B. Benenson (30 January 1913 – 22 February 2004) was an American real estate developer and investor.



Benenson Realty Co. was founded by his father Benjamin Benenson in 1905 and grew into an industry leader under his guidance, until his death in 1938. The younger Benenson graduated from Yale University in 1933 and joined his father's firm in 1937, during the depths of the Great Depression through which the company survived due to their lucrative lease with The Horn & Hardart automat at 31st and Broadway. He ran the company until his death in 2004.

Benenson was a philanthropist and political donor. His efforts and views landed him on the master list of Nixon political opponents. He was a founding member of the Association for a Better New York, the Realty Foundation, the Lincoln Center Real Estate and Construction Council, the New York Junior Tennis League, the I Have a Dream Program, and the Museum of African Art. He was also a major collector of African art, and upon his death left much of his collection to the Yale University Art Gallery.

Personal life

In 1942, he married his first wife, Dorothy (née Freedman) with whom he had two children: Bruce William Benenson and Frederick Benenson. They later divorced (she remarried to Lewis B. Cullman). His second marriage was to Peggy A. (née Lipson) Coudert; they had one son, Lawrence B. Benenson. His third wife was Jane (née Garcy) Stein. His funeral was held at Temple Emanu-El in Manhattan.


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