Charles Koch is the president and the chairman of Koch Industries. He is an engineer, a businessman, and a philanthropist.
Early childhood life
He was born in 1935, in Kansas. Son of Clement Mary and Fred Koch, a chemical engineer. Their grandfather was a rich man with Quanah Tribune Chief newspaper. But this does not mean they had an easy life, their father pushed him to work. He was the firstborn in a family of four brothers. They included David Koch and Bill Koch, who were twins, and Fred Koch, who was the second born. They grew up in Kansas together.
Charles Koch and Education
He joined Masecchauttes International Technology university to pursue various engineering degrees. He did general engineering and nuclear engineering before completing chemical engineering. Furthermore, he graduated after receiving a master’s in Chemical engineering.
Charles Koch joined the Arthur D.Little inc firm for a while before embarking on his hometown. Just like his father, he joined Oil and Refining company. His ambitions and motivations made him get higher ranks, a report by Kansas.
After the death of his father, he renamed the company, Koch, in honor of the deceased father. He was now the president of Koch while his little brother, David Koch become the executive. He is the chairman of the board as well as the president.
Within the first year in the Koch industry, the company made $90 billion which equals to 2000 times the normal profits. This was a huge step for both brothers. It showed good governance and relations among family members.
Charles also had different jobs outside the company. He was the director of Resin and Fiber in Invista and Georgia in the Pacific. He serves as the director of Entrust and Financial Corp.
Together with his brother David Koch, each one of them held 42% of total shares. Among successful projects are processing and controlling pollution through modern technologies. Since the industry deals with the production of chemicals, the dirt has to be dumped in the best place possible.
Koch’s company has gone ahead to manufacture Nothern Tissue, a lycra brand of Sandax fiber. It is the second-largest organization in the United States.
He earns a salary of $8,700,000,000 yearly. According to Forbes, his net worth is $48 billion. In 2014, he had $36 billion and was ranked as the 9th richest tycoon in the world.
Charles Koch fell in love with Liz whom he married in 1972. Liz conceived two children: Chase Koch and Elizabeth Koch. He suffered prostate cancer together with his brothers. This made them pump money into the medical research industry. The tycoon prefers to keep a low profile.
He is widely known as an influential person by certain Magazines in the year 2011, a report by businessinsider. The main reason for growing his brand was to promote their business. Also, he was aimed at promoting political candidates in the USA.
Charles is a libertarian man who sponsored the Republican Party for a long time. During his brother’s time in Ballot, he supported him financially.
Charles Koch as a Philanthropist
The tycoon has helped various organizations in the world like Cuta Institution. His wife founded the Charles Cultural Trust where artists go to show their talents as people share what they have to support. He is now working with Stand Together, an organization that supports. In an interview, he once said his urge is to decrease the cases of food security.
He addressed education as the key factor to a stronger foundation. The Charles foundation puts members in various groups who read several books on the principle of a free society. After this, he secured a prize for Leadership in Philanthropy from Philanthropy Roundtable.
Koch is one of the tycoons with the ambitions to change the world through climatic modification. In 2011, he granted $25000 to American conservatives and public policy. The money was to support the research on global warming. The foundation got divided into two in 2011, the Charles Koch Institute and the Charles Koch Foundation. Each one of them plays a specific role. The Koch Brothers foundation is still working despite the death of his brother, David Koch.