The chairman, co-owner and CEO of Koch Industries, Charles de Ganahl Koch is a man who always believed that a man’s own will can make his fortune. Earlier this industry was established by his father, Fred C. Koch. It is the second-largest company in the US that has brought to the world a new dimension of transforming life.
Koch was born on November 1, 1935, in Kansa, USA. He studied at the renowned Massachusetts Institute of Technology and did his graduation in 1960. He completed his Bachelor of Science in 1957 in General Engineering, Master of Science in 1958 in Chemical and Mechanical Engineering.
Koch always supported several educational societies, communities and political and non-political organizations. He had also been an active member of different charities in the States like Mercatus Center at John Mason University and the Institute for Humane Studies. He also started the Koch Cultural Trust.
He joined his father’s business in 1961 which was initially named Rock Island Oil and Refining Company. His hard work and determination expanded his father’s medium-sized firm by the late 1960s. Soon the firm made remarkable progress in the fields of fiber, energy, polymers, chemicals, pulp, minors and more.
In this competitive world, Koch didn’t stop at any point. He worked day and night to grow his business and made it more widespread, further venturing into other diverse fields such as refining, manufacturing and distribution of petroleum, chemicals, fiber, minerals, fertilizers, polymers, pulp and paper.
He became the Director of Koch Industries in 1982 and also became the Director of other corporations such as Georgia Pacific LLC and Entrust Financial Corp. Around $70 billion has been invested by Koch Industries on, Matador Cattle Company, Koch Fertiliser, Georgia Pacific, Molex, Koch Minerals, Flint Hills Resources, Invista and others.
Charles’s success was based on the pillar of Market-based Management. He was presented with the Adam Smith Award by the American Legislative Exchange Council in 1994. In 1999, for Global Vision in Energy, he received the Director’s Award from the New York Mercantile Exchange. Then again, he was honored with the Spirit of Justice Award in 2003 by the Heritage Foundation. In 2005, the Association of Private Enterprise Education gave him the Herman W. Lay Memorial Award and in 2011, he was honored with the William E. Simon Prize for the Philanthropic Leadership by the Philanthropy Roundtable.
Koch always intended to make a free-market view and focused the Koch industries on the funding projects in the fields of research, policy and education. Koch Industry has donated around $11.25 million in 2014 to Wichita State University.
His father’s company had turned out to be very successful with an estimated $40 billion in annual revenues. Koch is also a member of CATO Institute, a Washington D.C. based organization that encourages personal freedom and civil rights.
Presently, Koch is the 11th richest person in the world, as of 2019 with an estimated net worth of $50.5 billion. Along with oil refining and chemicals, the Koch Industry also processes pollution control equipment and technologies.