C&S Wholesale Grocers Inc. Chairman Richard B. Cohen’s last interview was published a decade ago. Source: C&S Wholesale Grocers Inc.
There’s a reason why Richard B. Cohen escapes attention.
The chairman of C&S Wholesale Grocers Inc. works out of a nondescript office park once slated to house a county jail in Keene, New Hampshire, a leafy mountain hamlet 90 miles northwest of Boston.
The truckers who deliver goods from the company’s 54 distribution centers drive unmarked tractor-trailers. Cohen’s last interview was published a decade ago. Even the Keene Chamber of Commerce overlooked C&S as one of the town’s largest employers.
“We’re the biggest company no one has ever heard of,” Bryan T. Granger, a company spokesman, said by phone.
The 61-year-old — who goes by “Rick” — has transformed C&S into the world’s largest grocery wholesaler since taking the helm of the business in 1989, making him one of the 100 richest people in the world and the wealthiest man in New England after Connecticut hedge-fund manager Raymond T. Dalio, according to the Bloomberg Billionaires Index. Read more at Bloomberg.