William Ingraham Koch
Bill Koch is founder and president of The Oxbow Group, a diversified holding company listed by Forbes as one of the 400 largest privately held companies in America. He has created a habit of success, combining the discipline of an advanced engineering education with a broader, almost renaissance view of the world and business.
A native of Wichita, Kansas, Koch developed his entrepreneurial attitude from his father, Fred. An independent, strong-willed engineer, Fred became rich after beating the nations oil companies efforts to block his patents for extracting more gas from crude oil. For 12 years Bill and his brothers worked together in the company his father founded. In 1980, Bill left to develop a company reflecting his own vision of corporate responsibility and the power of self-initiative.
Today The Oxbow Group is more than 30 companies specializing in producing electricity from alternative energy sources such as wind and geothermal sources, coal and petroleum coke trading, oil production, composite pipe manufacturing, and real estate development.
Kochs unique business approach and independent viewpoints make what he sets his mind to possible. His T3 philosophy talent, teamwork, technology led him to tackle other challenges that, on the surface, seem unrelated to business.
Koch uses the same approach and independent point-of-view to fight crime. In 1993, Koch and his son were at a community Fourth of July celebration in Wichita where two people were killed in a gang-related shooting. It spurred Koch to launch a personal anticrime effort that at the governors request has become a statewide initiative the William I. Koch Crime Commission on Crime Reduction and Prevention. The Koch Crime Commission encourages innovative local solutions by bringing together experts and citizens from across the nation and Kansas.
Kochs generosity also includes funding the Wichita Boathouse. Its elegant turn-of-the-century architecture along the Arkansas River is headquarters for Wichita RiverKids Club to teach sailing, kayaking, and canoeing. But Wichita and Kansas arent the only communities to benefit from Kochs attention. In Boston, he has served as a trustee, member of an executive committee, or corporate member for Massachusetts General and University hospitals; and a past board member of the Boston Museum of Fine Arts. Koch also is active in alumni activities at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
His winning the 1992 Americas Cup demonstrated that competitive sailing success isnt limited to only those few for whom its a career. His leadership united more than 200 people who worked for 19 months to bring the Cup back to America. True to form, Koch launched an even more daring experiment with the all-women Americas Cup team for 1995.
1983-Present The Oxbow Group West Palm Beach, Florida
Founder and President
Oxbow has sales of $600 million and specializes in the production of electricity from alternate energy sources, with plants in the U.S. and Philippines and projects in China, Vietnam, and Costa Rica. The company is also involved in coal production and petroleum coke marketing, oil production, composite pipe manufacturing, and real estate development. Oxbow is privately held.
1979-1980 Koch Industries, Inc. Wichita, Kansas
Vice President Corporate Development
The second largest privately held company in the United States.
1975-1980 Koch Carbon, Inc. Wellesley, Massachusetts
Founder and President
A division of Koch Industries that traded in petroleum, coke, and mined coal.
1974-1975 Koch International Chemical Company Wellesley, Massachusetts
A division of Koch Industries that traded in natural gas, industrial chemicals, and specialty chemicals.
1968-1973 Koch Venture Capital Cambridge, Massachusetts
Founder and President
Investment company that financed high technology start-up companies.
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Doctorate of Science in Chemical Engineering 1971
Master of Science in Chemical Engineering 1963
Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering 1962
Harvard Business School
Business Administration Minor (in conjunction with MIT major in Chemical Engineering)
Culver Military Academy
Hunneman Prize for Outstanding Originality Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Tau Beta Phi
Honorary Doctor of Political Science Massachusetts Maritime Academy 1993
Honorary Doctorate, Washburn University, Topeka, Kansas 1993
MAJOR AWARDS AND HONORS
Ellis Island Congressional Medal of Honor 1993
Outstanding Business Leader Northwood University 1994
Good Guys Award National Womens Political Caucus 1995
The Womens Sport Foundation Tribute Award For The Creation of A3 1995
Presidents Living Legacy Award Womens International Center 1995
Herreshoff Americas Cup Hall of Fame 1993
New York Yacht Club Medal of Honor 1993
Kansan of the Year The Topeka Capital Journal 1993
Kansan of the Year Kansas Society of Washington, D.C. 1994
City of Wichita, Kansas, Medallion for Outstanding Citizenship 1993
City of Newport, Rhode Island, Medal of Honor 1992
Living Legacy Award San Diego 1995
Koch Crime Commission Awards:
Natl Council on Crime, Prevention for a Safer Society, and New American Community 1997
Karl Menninger Award Kansas Department of Corrections 1994
Culver Military Academys "Man of the Year Award" 1992
Admiral of Kansas, Nebraska, and Alabama Navies
Winning skipper of the 1992 Americas Cup
CEO of the 1995 womens Americas Cup team
1990 and 1991 winner of Maxi Yacht World Championships
In addition, Mr. Koch played varsity basketball and track at MIT and played rugby in graduate school. He has also been a white water kayaker, tennis player, and skier.
Koch Crime Commission Founder and Chairman
America3 Foundation Founder and Chairman
West Palm Beach, Florida
Massachusetts Institute of Technology Member of Visiting Committee for Nautical Engineering
Museum of Fine Arts Trustee and Member of Executive Committee
University Hospital Trustee and Member of
Boston, Massachusetts Executive Committee
Massachusetts General Hospital Member of the Corporation
McLeans Hospital Member of the Corporation
Castle Hill Foundation Trustee
Fred C. Koch Foundation Member of Board of Directors
Culver Military Academy Member of Board of Directors
Mr. Koch has made substantial donations to hospitals, museums, universities, schools, medical research foundations, programs for disadvantaged children, and programs to reduce crime.
Born: May 3, 1940
Parents: Fred C. Koch and Mary R. Koch
Frederick R. Koch
Charles G. Koch
David H. Koch (twin)
Family: Wife: Divorced
Wyatt, Charlotte, William, Robin
Mr. Koch has a diverse art collection of paintings and sculptures that includes works by Monet, Renoir, Cezanne, Modigliani, Picasso, Remington, Homer, Wood, Buttersworth, Russell, Botero, and others. His collection has been shown at art museums in San Diego, Wichita, Oklahoma City, and Topeka with record attendance. Selected works have been on exhibit at the Louvre in Paris, Metropolitan in New York, National Gallery in Washington, Museum of Fine Arts, and other museums around the world.
Mr. Koch also has an extensive wine collection.