Charles Koch was born in Wichita, Kansas. Koch was born to a second generation Dutch immigrant who founded and ran the company that eventually turned into Koch Industries. Charles decided to earn several degrees far away from home. He attended the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where he earned a bachelors degree in engineering and then 2 masters degrees in chemical and mechanical engineering. It was after receiving the degrees that Charles moved back home to work for his father’s company. Less than 10 years later, Charles took over the company and expanded its worth to 90 billion dollars by 2006.
Charles Koch is also very involved in donating, both to political causes and to charities. He is a staunch supporter of the republican party and the beliefs behind it. The main fight that Koch has gotten behind politically, is the fight over corporate welfare. Koch believes that the government should not be assisting businesses in that way. This type of tampering, according to Koch, leads to a heavy reliance on the government and very shaky economic stability. The surprising aspect of Koch’s beliefs is that the corporate welfare given by the government oftentimes would significantly benefit Koch Industries. However, Koch refuses to accept the welfare. Koch has also been known to be very charitable with educational institutions. These institutions include George Mason University, the Cato Institute and Wichita State University.
A surprising story has recently come out about Charles Koch. In an ABC interview, Koch revealed that he thought Bill Clinton was a better president than George W. Bush. He explained that the government’s reach and that the government’s spending, under President George W. Bush, grew so much more dramatically than it did under Clinton. Charles Koch explained that Clinton was not the best president but he was more fiscally responsible. Koch also admitted that Hillary Clinton might be the most preferable candidate that is currently running. Koch did not go very deep into this subject but he did say that he very highly doubted he would support her. The main reason being that her policies just do not line up with Koch’s policies. The article then went on to bring up how Koch had contemplated donating to an anti-Trump super PAC earlier in the year but had not and has yet to donate to a presidential candidate this year.