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David Koch’s Wife: Julia Flesher Koch Biography, Wiki, Age, Family, Net Worth, Fast Facts You Need to Know

Julia Flesher Koch Biography

Julia Margaret Flesher Koch, was the wife of the late Billionaire, Conservative Republican donor and philanthropists, David Koch. David Koch died on August 23rd, 2019 at his home in Southampton, Long Island. Koch’s death was confirmed in a statement that said he had died from prostate cancer which he had been diagnosed with 27 years ago yet had remarkably kept at bay until now. Julia Flesher is a native of Iowa.  The New York Times wrote in 1998 that Julia Flesher was “much-admired in her Upper East Side circle for marrying one of the richest men in America.”

Flesher told the New York Times in 1998 that she grew up in the town of Indianola, Iowa, close to Des Moines. Her family owned a farm and later a furniture store in the town. The family then moved to Arkansas, where they opened a high-end women’s clothing store. Flesher’s father was back living Indianola while her mother was living in Little Rock, Arkansas. Flesher says that she fell in love with New York City after coming to the big apple on a business trip with her mother in 1980. Soon, Flesher moved to the city and began working in the fashion industry. Flesher had been an assistant to Italian designer Adolfo where she styled Nancy Reagan among many other prominent socialites. The Times says that Flesher was regularly taken to the White House to style the First Lady. Before their marriage, Julia Flesher had been an assistant for the designer Adolfo, beginning in the 1980s and making $200-a-week.

Julia Flesher Koch Age

Julia Flesher was born in 1963 in  Indianola, Iowa, United States, and was 56 years old at the time of her husband’s death in 2019.

Julia Margaret Flesher Koch Married, Husband (David Koch)

In 1 1996 wedding announcement in the New York Times. Julia Flesher married David Koch in 1996. The wedding took place at Koch’s home in Southampton, Long Island. Before their marriage, Julia Flesher had been an assistant for the designer Adolfo, beginning in the 1980s and making $200-a-week.

Julia Margaret Flesher Koch Early Life

Flesher grew up in the town of Indianola, Iowa, close to Des Moines. Her family owned a farm and later a furniture store in the town. The family later moved to Arkansas where they opened a high-end women’s clothing store. That store was sold in 1984. In a 1998 article on The Times, Flesher’s father was back living Indianola while her mother was living in Little Rock, Arkansas. Flesher says that she fell in love with New York City after coming to the big apple on a business trip with her mother in 1980. Flesher later moved to the city and began working in the fashion industry.

Julia Margaret Flesher Koch Early Career

Flesher had been an assistant to Italian designer Adolfo where she styled Nancy Reagan among many other prominent socialites. The Times says that Flesher was regularly taken to the White House to style the First Lady.

According to a January 1998 article in the New York Times, Flesher said that she had stopped working in 1993, three years before she married Koch. Flesher said, “I’ve become a throwback to the 1950s.” The Times article said that the couple divided their time between homes in Aspen, Colorado, Manhattan, Long Island and West Palm Beach. Among her roles as Koch’s wife was pouring his orange juice every morning.

Julia Flesher Koch and David Koch Family

Koch passed away on August 23rd at the age of 79. Koch and Flesher, 57, had three children together, David Jr., Mary Julia and John. Flesher told the New York Times that she met Koch on a blind date in January 1991. The couple went out only once at that time but would meet again at a party six months later and reconnected, beginning with a date at the U.S. Open tennis tournament in Queens. According to a New York Times announcement, Julia Flesher and David Koch were married at Koch’s home in Southampton, Long Island.

David Koch Death

Billionaire businessman David Koch, one of the richest men in the world and a prominent Republican Party donor, has died.

His death was first revealed by New Yorker reporter Jane Mayer on Friday morning.

Details about the time, place and the circumstances surrounding the 79-year-old’s death remain unclear.

However, his older brother, Charles, 83, noted in a statement his decades-long battle with prostate cancer.

Koch had been named by Forbes as the 11th-richest person in the world with a net worth estimated to be around $51 billion.

The following statement was by brother Charles Koch announcing his brother’s death

David Koch and Julia Flesher Koch Philanthropy

The final tweet on David Koch’s account, from 2014, said that he and his wife had donated $1 million to the September 11. Memorial Museum. Koch’s tribute on the Koch Industries website says that it was Flesher, along with Koch’s mother, who helped to “instil” love of the arts in him. A New Yorker feature on his retirement described Koch as being “more socially prominent” than his brother. In the Koch Industries tribute, among the philanthropic contributions made by the couple includes, “major gifts to the Lincoln Center, the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History. David and Julia also contributed to the construction of the Mary R. Koch Arts Center in Wichita.”

Julia Flesher Net Worth

In June 2018, around the time of his retirement announcement, Koch had been named by Forbes as the 11th-richest person in the world with a net worth estimated to be around $51 billion.

 

Fast Facts You Need to Know

  • The death of David Koch, a prominent donor to the Republican Party and the conservative movement, was announced Friday morning
  • The details surrounding the 79-year-old’s death have not been reported
  • Along with his brother Charles, Koch built his fortune as the co-owner of Koch Industries, the second-largest privately held company in the US
  • At the time of his death his net worth was an estimated $50.5billion, making him the 11th richest person in the world
  • The Koch brothers have been a lightning rod for criticism from the Democratic Party and environmental activists
  • During his lifetime he contributed more than a billion dollars to philanthropic causes, particularly medical research 
  • He was also one of the foremost sponsors of climate change denial in the US and his company paid out millions in fines for oil and toxic chemical spills 

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