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Koch Industries

Koch Industries
Company nameKoch Industries, Inc.
Company typePrivate
IndustryConglomerate
Founded1940
HeadquartersWichita, Kansas, USA
Area servedWorldwide
Key peopleCharles G. Koch (Chairman, CEO, & 42% owner)
David H. Koch (Executive VP, & 42% owner)
ProductsPetroleum
Chemicals
Energy
Asphalt
Natural gas
Plastics
Fibers
Minerals
Fertilizers
Ranching
Pulp and paper
Finance
Commodities trading
Revenue(+)US$100 billion (2009)
Employees70,000 (2009)

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Koch Industries, Inc. (-enˈkoʊk), is an American private energy conglomerate based in Wichita, Kansas, with subsidiaries involved in manufacturing, trading and investments. Koch also owns Invista, Georgia-Pacific, Flint Hills Resources, Koch Pipeline, Koch Fertilizer, Koch Minerals and Matador Cattle Company. Koch companies are involved in core industries such as 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, as well as other ventures and investments.The firm employs 50,000 people in the United States and another 20,000 in 59 other countries.

In 2008, Forbes called it the second largest privately held company in the United States (after Cargill) with an annual revenue of about $98 billion, down from the largest in 2006. If Koch Industries were a public company in 2007, it would rank about 16 in the Fortune 500.

Fred C. Koch, for whom Koch Industries, Inc. is named, co-founded the company in 1940 and developed an innovative crude oil refining process. His sons, Charles G. Koch, chairman of the board and chief executive officer, and David H. Koch, executive vice president, are principal owners of the company after they bought out their brothers, Frederick and William, for $1.1 billion in 1983. Charles and David H. Koch each own 42% of Koch Industries, and Charles has stated that the company will publicly offer shares "literally over my dead body".


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