Known as one of the most influential billionaires in the United States, Charles Koch has made a name for himself in both the business and political world. He continuously ranks in the top 10 Forbes list of Billionaires, he was 6th in 2015 and 9th in 2016. He has made his fortune from his family business, Koch Industries.
Both Charles and his brother David inherited Koch Industries from their father decades ago, and with hard work and sharp minds have grown a small business into an international conglomerate. What was once involved in just oil is now a company that produces well known brands including Stainmaster, Lucra, Quilted Northern, and Dixie Cups. Along with his successful business empire, Koch has always been heavily involved in politics. He is a crusader for smaller government, civil rights, and economic liberty as well as a huge donor to both political parties and groups as well as colleges.
Recently, Charles Koch has found himself in headlines on a regular basis thanks to election season. Known as a conservative contributor who has helped fund political parties and causes in the past, everyone is waiting to see what he will do and who he will back this year. With Trump leading the republican side, Koch has been outspoken about his feelings towards the future of the party and nominee. In a recent interview he discussed what he thought of some of the past presidents, comparing Bush and Clinton. In some ways, Koch easily admitted that Clinton was better than Bush. As far as growth of the government and increased government spending, Clinton came in two and a half times less than Bush. But Koch was quick to point out, Clinton was only favored in some ways in his opinion, not all ways.
The interview went on to ask if he thought Hillary Clinton could be preferable to another Republican, and his answer was surprising, simply stating “It’s possible.” That said, he did go on to state that he would need to believe her actions would differ from her current rhetoric, and that lack of belief prevents him from supporting her.
It is estimated that the Koch network, Koch and his billionaire friends, spent around $400 million in the last presidential election. So far this time around they have stayed out of the primary politics though it was rumored that they might be involved in funding an anti-Trump effort earlier in the primaries. So far, Koch has only gotten involved in a few Senate races in order to oppose Democratic candidates. Koch was also quick to let people know that he won’t be putting a single penny into an effort to stop Trump, and he along with his influential network may take a complete pass on the entire political season in 2016 due to a lack of good “role models”.