28 Facts About David Koch

1. David Koch gave $10 million to the Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory where he was honored with the Double Helix Medal for Corporate Leadership for supporting research that, "improves the health of people everywhere".

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2. David Koch financed the construction of the $68 million Koch Center for mathematics, science and technology at the Deerfield Academy, a highly selective independent, coeducational boarding school at Deerfield, Massachusetts, and was named its first and only Lifetime Trustee.

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3. In 2012, David Koch contributed US $35 million to the Smithsonian to build a new dinosaur exhibition hall at the National Museum of Natural History.

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4. David Koch serves on the executive board of the Institute of Human Origins.

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5. In July 2008, David Koch pledged $100 million over 10 years to renovate the New York State Theater in the Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, now named in his honor and pledged $10 million to renovate fountains outside the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

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6. David Koch sits on the Board of Directors of the Prostate Cancer Foundation and has contributed $41 million to the foundation, including $5 million to a collaborative project in the field of nanotechnology.

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7. David Koch sits on the board and donates to the libertarian Cato Institute and Reason Foundation.

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8. David Koch is Chairman of the Board and gave initial funding to the Americans for Prosperity Foundation and to a related advocacy organization, Americans for Prosperity.

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9. In 1984, David Koch founded, served as Chairman of the board of directors of, and donated to the free-market Citizens for a Sound Economy.

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10. David Koch said that Obama is "scary", a "hardcore socialist" who is "marvelous at pretending to be something other than that.

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11. David Koch has many thoughts on several of President Obama's policies.

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12. David Koch supports a non-interventionist foreign policy; "Pursuing a very aggressive foreign policy", he says, "is an extremely expensive endeavor for the US government.

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13. David Koch gave his own Vice Presidential campaign $100,000 a month after being chosen as Ed Clark's running mate.

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14. David Koch was the Libertarian Party's vice-presidential candidate in the 1980 presidential election, sharing the party ticket with presidential candidate Ed Clark.

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15. David Koch founded the company's New York office and in 1979 he became the president of his own division, Koch Engineering, renamed Chemical Technology Group.

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16. In 1970, David Koch joined David Koch Industries under his brother Charles, to work as a technical-services manager.

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17. David Koch held the single-game scoring record of 41 points from 1962 until 2009, when it was eclipsed by Jimmy Bartolotta.

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18. David Koch played basketball at MIT, averaging 21 points per game at MIT over three years, a school record.

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19. David Koch is a member of the Beta Theta Pi Fraternity.

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20. David Koch went on to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, earning both a bachelor's (1962) and a master's degree (1963) in chemical engineering.

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21. David Koch attended the Deerfield Academy prep school in Massachusetts, graduating in 1959.

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22. David Koch was born in Wichita, Kansas, the son of Mary Clementine and Fred Chase Koch, a chemical engineer.

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23. David Koch is a survivor of the USAir Flight 1493 crash in 1991.

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24. David Koch was the fourth richest person in the USA as of 2012, and the wealthiest resident of New York City as of 2013.

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25. David Koch was the 1980 candidate for Vice President of the United States from the United States Libertarian Party and helped finance the campaign.

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26. David Koch served as an executive vice president until his retirement in 2018.

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27. David Koch became president of the subsidiary Koch Engineering in 1979, and became a co-owner of Koch Industries, with older brother Charles, in 1983.

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28. David Koch joined the family business Koch Industries, the second-largest privately held company in the United States, in 1970.

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