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Contemporary Honors Award Recipient

Charles G. Koch

1997
Petroleum Industry Leader, Entrepreneur, Philanthropist
 

Photo of Reciepient 1997

Born in Wichita, Kansas, on November 1, 1935, Charles Koch received his B.S. degree in General Engineering in 1957, M.S. degree in Chemical Engineering in 1959 - all from M.I.T.

Koch was employed as an engineer for Arthur D. Little, Inc. from 1959- 61 and then he became Vice President of Koch Engineering Company, Inc., of Wichita and remained in that position from 1961- 63. He was president of that company from 1963-71, as well as president of Koch Industries, Inc. from 1966-74. He has been Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Koch Industries, Inc., since 1967.

Koch is director of the First National Bank in Wichita. Outside of his work in business, he also serves as a director of Wichita Collegiate School, the Institute for Humane Studies, the Cato Institute, Citizens for a Sound Economy, and the Wesley Medical Endowment Foundation, and is a member of the Mont Pelerin Society and the National Petroleum Council.

Koch is known to the community as a devoted family man who spends much of his time outside the office with his wife, Elizabeth, his son, Chase, and his daughter, Elizabeth. Although in his twenty years with Koch Industries, Inc., Koch has turned his father's company into a business empire, the ambitious side of the man's character pushes him to aspire to even higher goals by expanding the business and continuing to grow in the business community as much as possible in the coming years.

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