|Ethnicity Sephardic Jewish|
Role Real estate developer
Name Charles Dayan
|Spouse(s) Ariela ben-Dayan|
Religion Sephardic Judaism
|Full Name Charles ben-Dayan|
Born 1941 (age 73–74)Mandatory Palestine
Known for co-founder of Bonjour Jeans founder of Bonjour Capital
Family Eli Dayan (brother) Avi Dayan (brother)
Charles Ben Dayan (born 1941) is an American real estate developer, founder of Bonjour Capital and co-founder of Bonjour Jeans.
Born to a Syrian Jewish family, who had emigrated from Mandatory Syria to Mandatory Palestine (modern Israel). Dayan emigrated to the United States in 1967, and in 1972, with his brothers Eli and Avi, founded Bonjour International, a company that was the first to import low-cut French style jeans into the United States using the Bonjour name. He served as president of Bonjour International. By 1982, Bonjour had $150 million in annual sales. After leaving Bonjour International, Dayan founded the real estate development firm Bonjour Capital. Larger investments are made with partners and include the renovation of the Temple Court Building and Annex with Joseph Chetrit; the $290 million 2005 purchase along with partners Joseph Chetrit and Yair Levy of the 800,000 square foot historic 620 5th Avenue and its 2011 sale to RXR Realty, LLC for $500 million; and the purchase of the Blake Hotel in Charlotte. When not in a partnership, Dayan focuses on new developments in gentrifying neighborhoods in Long Island City in Queens; Bedford-Stuyvesant and Clinton Hill in Brooklyn; and Manhattanville in Manhattan.
He is married to Ariela Ben-Dayan. Dayan was an early proponent of the green movement in the textile industry. His brother Eli Dayan, founded the disco Tunnel in 1986. Dayan serves on the executive committee of the Israel Cancer Research Fund.