>>> Koch Industries
Founded 1940; 78 years ago
Founder Fred C. Koch
Headquarters Wichita, Kansas, U.S.
(Chairman & CEO)
Products Asphalt, chemicals, commodities trading, energy, fibers, fertilizers, finance, minerals, natural gas, plastics, petroleum, pulp and paper, ranching
Revenue Increase US$115 billion (2017)
Owner Charles Koch (42%)
David Koch (42%)
Trusts for the benefit of Elaine Tettemer Marshall, Preston Marshall, and E. Pierce Marshall Jr. (16%)
Number of employees
, Guardian Industries, Flint Hills Resources, Invista, Molex
Website www.kochind.com Koch Industries
, Inc. /ko?k/ is an American multinational corporation based in Wichita, Kansas. Its subsidiaries are involved in the manufacturing, refining, and distribution of petroleum, chemicals, energy, fiber, intermediates and polymers, minerals, fertilizers, pulp and paper, chemical technology equipment, ranching, finance, commodities trading, and investing. Koch owns Invista, Georgia-Pacific, Molex, Flint Hills Resources, Koch Pipeline, Koch Fertilizer, Koch Minerals, Matador Cattle Company, and Guardian Industries. The firm employs 120,000 people in 60 countries, with about half of its business in the United States. The company is the largest landowner in the Athabasca oil sands.
The company is the second largest privately held company in the United States after Cargill, with annual revenue of $115 billion. In 2007, it was ranked as the largest privately held company. If Koch Industries had been a public company in 2013, it would have ranked 17th in the Fortune 500.
The company was founded by its namesake, Fred C. Koch, in 1940 after he developed an innovative crude oil refining process. Fred C. Koch died in 1967 and his majority interest in the company was split amongst his four sons. In June 1983, after a bitter legal and boardroom battle, the stakes of Frederick R. Koch and William "Bill" Koch were bought out for $1.1 billion and Charles Koch and David Koch became majority owners in the company. Charles and David Koch each own 42% of the company and trusts for the benefit of Elaine Tettemer Marshall, the daughter in-law of J. Howard Marshall and Anna Nicole Smith
, and her children, Preston Marshall and E. Pierce Marshall Jr., own 16% of the company.
The company has used its freedom from the pressures of public markets to make long term bets and Charles Koch has stated that the company would go public "over my dead body".