Julia Koch & family

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Julia Koch & family


Koch Industries

New York, New York

United States

  • Julia Koch and her three children inherited a 42% stake in Koch Industries from her husband, David, who died in August 2019 at age 79.
  • An Iowa native, Koch moved to New York City in the 1980s and worked as an assistant to fashion designer Adolfo.
  • She worked with many of his high-profile clients, including First Lady Nancy Reagan.
  • Julia met David via a blind date in 1991; they ran into each other again six months later, began dating and got married in 1996.
  • With her late husband, she donated $10 million to Mount Sinai Medical Center and $10 million to Stanford Children's Hospital to study food allergies.