David H. Koch

Page - March 29, 2010
David H. Koch, born in 1940, is Executive Vice-President of Koch Industries, and the CEO of the subsidiary Koch Chemical Technology Group.

He is currently the richest person living in New York City, ahead of 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 only 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.

See also PolluterWatch profiles of Koch IndustriesCharles Koch and David Koch.