David Koch, Date of Birth, Place of Birth, Date of Death


David Koch

American businessman, philanthropist, political activist, and chemical engineer

Date of Birth: 03-May-1940

Place of Birth: Wichita, Kansas, United States

Date of Death: 23-Aug-2019

Profession: businessperson, engineer, politician, entrepreneur, merchant, chemist

Nationality: United States

Zodiac Sign: Taurus

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About David Koch

  • David Hamilton Koch (; May 3, 1940 – August 23, 2019) was an American businessman, philanthropist, political activist, and chemical engineer.
  • In 1970, he joined the family business: Koch Industries, the second-largest privately held company in the United States.
  • He became president of the subsidiary Koch Engineering in 1979, and became a co-owner of Koch Industries (along with elder brother Charles) in 1983.
  • Koch served as an executive vice president of Koch Industries until he retired due to health issues in 2018. Koch was a libertarian.
  • He was the 1980 Libertarian candidate for Vice President of the United States and helped finance the campaign.
  • He founded Citizens for a Sound Economy and donated to advocacy groups and political campaigns, most of which were Republican.
  • Koch became a Republican in 1984; in 2012, he spent over $100 million to oppose the re-election of President Barack Obama. Koch was the fourth-richest person in the United States in 2012 and was the wealthiest resident of New York City in 2013.
  • As of June 2019, Koch was ranked as the 11th-richest person in the world (tied with his brother Charles), with a fortune of $50.5 billion.
  • Known for his philanthropy, Koch contributed to the Lincoln Center, Sloan Kettering, NewYork–Presbyterian Hospital, and the Dinosaur Wing at the American Museum of Natural History.
  • The New York State Theater at Lincoln Center, home of the New York City Ballet, was renamed the David H.
  • Koch Theater in 2008 following Koch's gift of $100 million for the renovation of the theater.

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