Julia Koch is a billionaire businesswoman, philanthropist and widow of David Koch, one of the richest men in the world. She inherited her fortune after her husband passed away in 2019. She is actively involved in several philanthropic initiatives and serves as a board member of numerous charitable organizations.
Early Life and Education
Julia Margaret Flesher Koch was born on April 12, 1962, in Indianola, Iowa. She grew up on a farm and attended high school in nearby Des Moines. She went on to study at the University of Central Arkansas where she earned a degree in education.
Career and Achievements
Julia began her career working as an assistant to the fashion designer, Adolfo. She later joined the management consulting firm, Boston Consulting Group. In 1991, she was hired by the Koch Industries, a conglomerate founded by her future husband’s father, Fred Koch.
Julia worked in various positions at Koch Industries, including serving as the company’s director of cultural affairs. She also played an instrumental role in launching several charitable initiatives.
After her husband’s death in 2019, Julia inherited a large stake in Koch Industries and became one of the richest women in the world. She currently serves as the Vice President of the David H. Koch Foundation, which supports medical research, arts, and education.
Julia married David Koch in 1996 and the couple had three children together: David Jr., Mary, and John. David Koch passed away in August 2019, leaving Julia with a net worth estimated at $38.2 billion.
Julia Koch is actively involved in philanthropy, serving on the boards of several prestigious organizations, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, and the American Museum of Natural History.
| Name | Born | Country | Sector | Companies | Net Worth | Forbes Url |
| Julia Koch | April 12, 1962 | United States | Conglomerate | Koch Industries, David H. Koch Foundation | $38.2 Billion | https://www.forbes.com/profile/julia-koch/?sh=2439e9ef1be2 |