Charles G. Koch

Charles G. Koch

Charles G. Koch is chairman of the board and CEO of Koch Industries Inc., a position he has held since 1967. He is renowned for growing Koch Industries from a company worth $21 million in the early 1960s to one with revenues being estimated as high as $100 billion by Forbes.

Much of Koch Industries’ success can be traced to Mr. Koch’s interest in and commitment to scientific and social progress, which led to the development and implementation of his Market-Based Management® (MBM®) business philosophy. The concepts and practice of MBM are described in Mr. Koch’s book The Science of Success (2007). His follow-up book, Good Profit (2015), describes in more detail how applying these principles can help people succeed.

For 50 years, Mr. Koch has supported academic and public policy research, with a special focus on developing voluntary, market-based solutions to social problems. This interest led Mr. Koch to found or help build a number of organizations, including the Institute for Humane Studies, the Cato Institute, the Mercatus Center at George Mason University, and the Bill of Rights Institute.

Mr. Koch received a bachelor’s degree in general engineering and two master’s degrees, in nuclear and chemical engineering, from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He and his wife, Liz, have been married for over 40 years and live in Wichita, Kansas. They have two children.

I can’t overstate the importance of education, since it can inspire critical thinking and foster innovative research to help remove barriers holding people back.

Charles Koch
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Framework for a Free and Open Society™

What drives long-term human flourishing? What characteristics of a society give individuals—especially those least fortunate among us—the best opportunities to improve their lives? At the Charles Koch Foundation, these questions motivate our mission.

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