August 6, 2013

N.H. billionaire grocer hauls fortune – in unmarked trucks

Richard B. Cohen, who also has a home in Maine, has transformed C&S Wholesale Grocers into the world's largest grocery wholesaler.

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"Rick is neurotic about losing customers," said DeLong. "He obsesses about it, almost to his detriment."

Cohen's family doesn't display the trappings of wealth. The billionaire and his wife, Jan, live on a street where the average home value is $294,000. The couple owns the most valuable single-family home in Keene, assessed at $1.5 million, according to property tax records.

"You'll run into Rick and Jan at the grocery store in Keene and at a show in the Colonial Theater downtown," said Keene Sentinel's Miller, who also once coached soccer for one of Cohen's daughters.

Cohen's wife is executive producer of the Kaddish Project, a touring musical on genocide, and the Holocaust studies center at Keene State College was renamed after the family for their financial support, according to the school.

One daughter, Perry, is C&S's vice president of corporate learning and talent management; another, Rachel, teaches high school at a charter school in Lynn, Mass.

"As far as quality of character, quality of intellect, and quality of taking care of his people, Rick is as good as anybody I ever worked with in my career," said Albertian. "I love the guy."

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