Jacques Cohen, Founder, Euro Capital Properties
Born in Paris to a family of prominent real estate developers, Jacques was immersed within the hospitality industry from a young age, gaining extensive industry knowledge and experience in all aspects of the hotel development business.
Jacques earned his bachelor’s degree in business administration from Prepa HEC in Paris followed by an MBA at a leading French business school. Throughout his education, he served as the sales coordinator of two hotels in his family’s portfolio. He then moved on to manage the construction and opening of the Crown Plaza Hamilton Hotel in Washington, D.C. Jacques also led the construction of the Hotel du Collectionneur, Paris’ largest five-star hotel. Relocating to Jerusalem, Jacques enrolled in the world’s most prestigious Talmudic law school, Mir yeshiva. Upon finishing the program, he moved to Washington, D.C. to rediscover his passion for hospitality and real estate development. During this time, he led the renovation of the Crown Plaza Hotel, which re-launched as a 4-star property, and the pre-development of an office complex located behind the Capital’s famed Union Station. In 2008 Jacques and his family relocated to New York City where he established Euro Capital Properties and in 2010, purchased The Watergate Hotel. Having previously lived and worked in London and Barcelona, Jacques is fluent in four languages and currently resides in Manhattan’s Upper West Side with his wife, Rakel, and six children. He divides his time between The Watergate office in Washington, D.C. and Euro Capital’s headquarters in New York City.