David Hamilton Koch

David Hamilton Koch

Birth
Wichita, Sedgwick County, Kansas, USA
Death 23 Aug 2019 (aged 79)
Burial Burial Details Unknown
Memorial ID 202372458 · View Source
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Businessman. The Executive Vice President of Koch Industries, Inc., he was educated at Massachusetts Institute of Technology and graduated with a Master of Engineering degree in 1963. A staunch conservative, he ran for Vice President of the United States in 1980 as the Libertarian candidate with Presidential candidate, Ed Clark. Winning a little over 1% of the vote, he turned his attention to other ways to influence politics. He contributed millions annually to think tanks which promoted his political agenda, most notably the Cato Institute and the Americans for Prosperity Foundation which he co-founded in 1984. He favored minimum governmental influence in economic policies, lower taxes, union restrictions, privatization of most public services and social welfare programs; opposed environmental regulation of the oil, gas and chemical industries; and questioned the severity of global warming. The Americans for Prosperity Foundation aided the growth of the Tea Party movement by organizing rallies, mobilizing voters, funding advertisements, and formulating policy. Beginning in 2003, he hosted biannual national conferences which invited industry executives, Republican Party leaders, conservative activists and journalists to discuss political issues, fundraising and electoral strategy. A 27-year prostate cancer survivor, he donated millions to medical research. He was a huge supporter of the arts in New York City, most notably the Lincoln Center and the Metropolitan Museum of Art, which he donated $65 million to renovate. He stepped down in 2018 due to health reasons.

Bio by: Apollymi


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  • Added: 23 Aug 2019
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  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for David Hamilton Koch (3 May 1940–23 Aug 2019), Find A Grave Memorial no. 202372458, ; Maintained by Find A Grave Burial Details Unknown.