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position Executive Vice President
industry Oil

David H. Koch, born in 1940, is Executive Vice-President of Koch Industries, and the CEO of the subsidiary Koch Chemical Technology Group.


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David Koch

position Executive Vice President

David H. Koch, born in 1940, is Executive Vice-President of Koch Industries, and the CEO of the subsidiary Koch Chemical Technology Group.

David Koch is tied with his brother Charles as the 4th wealthiest person in the United States. They are each worth about $25 billion, making David Koch the richest person living in New York City ahead of mayor Michael Bloomberg. In addition to his Park Avenue residence, he has homes in Aspen, CO; Southampton, NY; and Palm Beach, FL. Though he’s donated millions to conservative, libertarian organizations, David Koch has garnered public attention for his non-political philanthropy.

Regarding a $100 million naming gift to the New York City Opera and Ballet, he explains “I could afford it.… And, of course, there are beautiful girls.” A few of his namesakes include the new David H. Koch Theater at New York’s Lincoln Center, the David H. Koch Dinosaur Wing in New York’s American Natural History Museum, and the David H. Koch Hall of Human Origins at Smithsonian’s Natural History Museum in Washington D.C.

David Koch was the 1980 Vice Presidential candidate for the anti-regulatory Libertarian Party. Currently, David Koch is on the Board of Directors for the Cato Institute as well as the Reason Foundation, two right-wing, climate-denier think-tanks.  He is also a founding member and Chairman of the Americans for Prosperity Foundation, an astroturf group that opposes climate solutions and clean energy.

Sourced from Greenpeace

David Koch worked behind the scenes during the 2010 “Rally for Jobs” astroturf events, coordinated by the American Petroleum Institute, in order to create political pressure against clean energy and climate legislation in the interest of the oil and gas industry. Groups such as Americans for Prosperity and FreedomWorks, which are heavily funded by the Koch brothers and were founded by David Koch, were partner organizations in promoting the rallies.

Koch Industries has a long record of environmental crimes and violations [PDF], spends millions on lobbyists to fight climate and energy legislation, millions more on backing industry-friendly politicians, and still more millions on organizations denying climate change. Through the David H. Koch Foundation as well as Koch Industries and the other Koch family foundations, numerous and substantial donations go to organizations that deny, skepticize or belittle the significance of global warming. Compared to ExxonMobil, which spent almost $9 million on skeptic groups from 2005-2008, Koch Industries dwarfed their contribution with a $24.9 million effort. More than $5 million of this money went to the Americans for Prosperity Foundation, which was founded and remains chaired by David Koch. and over $1 million went to the Cato Institute, of which David Koch is also a chairman. The Koch family foundations have contributed over $48 million to the climate denial machine since 1997, more than half of which was spent after 2005.
Source: Greenpeace Report [PDF]

Koch Industries wholly-owned subsidiary Flint Hills Resources has spent $1 million to promote California Proposition 23, intended to stall state law promoting clean energy and reductions in greenhouse gases.

While David Koch, a victim of prostate cancer, has donated millions to cancer research institutions and is a member of the National Cancer Advisory Board, Koch Industries subsidiary Georgia-Pacific is actively working to downplay the dangers of formaldehyde, a known carcinogen.

David Koch has ties to Mitt Romney, hosting a fundraiser for the Massachusettes politician at his Southhampton mansion in New York


“If we’re going to give a lot of money, we’ll make darn sure they spend it in a way that goes along with our intent.”

“You might ask: How does David Koch happen to have the wealth to be so generous? Well, let me tell you a story. It all started when I was a little boy. One day, my father gave me an apple. I soon sold it for five dollars and bought two apples and sold them for ten. Then I bought four apples and sold them for twenty. Well, this went on day after day, week after week, month after month, year after year, until my father died and left me three hundred million dollars!”

-The New Yorker, August 30, 2010


“Sometimes I feel like a beautiful girl, saying, ‘God! Does every guy that goes out with me just want to sleep with me? Don’t they like me for my personality?’ ”

“I’ve never been to a tea-party event. No one representing the tea party has ever even approached me”

"I felt that the good Lord spared my life for a purpose. And since then, I’ve been busy doing all the good works I can think of.”

“The Earth will be able to support enormously more people because a far greater land area will be available to produce food [due to global warming].”

-New York Magazine, July 25, 2010


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