Frederick R. Koch Biography

Frederick R. Koch (Frederick Robinson Koch) is an American collector and philanthropist, the eldest of the four sons born to American industrialist Fred Chase Koch, founder of what is now Koch Industries, and Mary Clementine (née Robinson) Koch.

Frederick R. Koch Education

Beginning in 8th grade, Frederick attended boarding school, namely Pembroke-Country Day School in Kansas City, Missouri, rather than living in Wichita with his family. Koch attended high school at Hackley School in Tarrytown, New York.

He studied humanities at Harvard College (Bachelor of Arts 1955), unlike his father and his three younger brothers Charles Koch and twins William Koch (Bill Koch) and David Koch, who studied Chemical Engineering at Massachusetts Institute of Technology and pursued business careers.

After college, Frederick (as he is known to friends and family) enlisted in the U.S. Navy, serving in Millington, Tennessee, near Memphis, and then on the aircraft carrier USS Saratoga. Upon return to civilian life, Frederick enrolled at the Yale School of Drama, where his focus was playwriting. Koch received a Master of Fine Arts degree from the school in 1961.

Frederick R. Koch Age

Koch was born in August 26, 1933 in Wichita, Kansas, United Stats. He is 85 years old as of 2018.

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Frederick R. Koch Family

Frederick is the son of Fred C. Koch and Mary Robinson. Koch’s paternal grandfather, Harry Koch, was a Dutch immigrant, who founded the Quanah Tribune-Chief newspaper and was a founding shareholder of Quanah, Acme & Pacific Railway. Among his maternal great-great-grandparents were William Burnet Kinney, a politician, William Ingraham Kip, an Episcopalian bishop, and Elizabeth Clementine Stedman, a writer.

Koch Brothers | Frederick R. Koch Brothers

Frederick has three younger brother Charles Koch and twins David Koch and William Koch.

Charles Koch

Frederick’s brother Charles Koch is the Chief Executive Officer of Koch Industries. He is a businessman, political donor and philanthropist. In March 2019, he was ranked as the 11th-richest person in the world, with an estimated net worth of $50.5 billion.

Bill Koch

Bill Koch is a businessman, sailor, and collector. He is the twin brother of David Koch who was also a businessman, and philanthropist. In 1992, his boat was the winner of the America’s Cup. In 2019, Forbes estimated his net worth at $1.8 billion in 2019, from oil and other investments.

David Koch | David Koch Death

Frederick’s brother David Koch was a businessman, philanthropist, political activist, and chemical engineer. He died on August 23, 2019, at the age of 79. In 1992, David had been diagnosed with prostate cancer and he underwent radiation, surgery, and hormone therapy, but cancer returned every time. David retired from Koch Industries last year(in 2018) due to poor health.

He was married to Julia Flesher and together they had three children.

Frederick R. Koch Wife | Frederick R. Koch Children

Fred is personal about his private hence it is not known if he is married or whether he has any children.

Frederick R. Koch Net Worth

Koch has an estimated net worth of $4 billion. He owns properties across Europe, including an Austrian hunting lodge and French villa. Bill, meanwhile, runs Florida-based energy company Oxbow Carbon (2011 revenues: $4 billion), which has helped the 72-year-old secure his own place on the Forbes 400, with an estimated net worth of $4 billion.

Frederick R. Koch Philanthropist

Through personal and foundation acquisitions, Frederick assembled large and important collections of rare books and literary and musical manuscripts, fine and decorative arts and photographs, with works of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries predominating.

Frederick is reported to be a keen scholar and highly knowledgeable about his acquisitions. Among his private collections is the archival estate of George Platt Lynes and a vast archive of society photographer Jerome Zerbe.

Koch’s Frederick R. Koch Foundation is a major donor in New York to the Pierpont Morgan Library, and the Frick Collection and, in Pittsburgh, to the Carnegie Museum of Art. Of particular note are The Frederick R. Koch Collections at the Harvard Theater Collection, Houghton Library at Harvard University, and at Yale University’s Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library. Yale president Richard C. Levin described the Koch collection as “one of the greatest collections to come to Yale since the year of its founding.”

Since the 1980s, Frederick has bought, restored and maintained a number of historic properties in the United States and abroad, including the Donahue house, a Woolworth mansion in Manhattan; the Romanesque Villa Torre Clementina in Cap Martin, France; the Habsburg hunting lodge Schloss Blühnbach near Salzburg; and Elm Court, a Tudor Gothic manse in Butler, Pennsylvania. He financed the reconstruction of the Royal Shakespeare Company’s Swan Theater in England from its 1879 remains, although his role as the project’s patron was kept secret for years.

In 1990, he bought Sutton Place near Guildford, Surrey, England, the former residence of J. Paul Getty and the meeting place of Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn, from another reclusive art collector, Stanley Seeger, “redecorated the house and hung his art collection, but is said never to have spent a night under its roof before selling it for £32m” in 1999. Other sources say Frederick operated it as the Sutton Place Foundation, open to the public for more than 25 years, and that he ultimately sold the property in 2005.

Frederick served for many years on the boards of directors of the Spoleto Festival and The Royal Shakespeare Company. He remains an active, long-serving board member of the Metropolitan Opera and the Film Society of Lincoln Center.

In 2010, The New Yorker reported that Frederick had “moved to Monaco, which has no income tax”. Despite lavish philanthropy and millions spent on art acquisitions and property restoration, Koch is said to have a frugal streak, and reportedly “prefers taking the public bus in New York and typically flies commercial”, according to Vanity Fair.

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