Thursday, July 12, 2018

The Koch Family: The Next Generation

Chase Koch
Huffington Post says Chase Koch is the one to watch.

Via Huff Po:
Chase, 41, is the Prince William of the Koch family, reportedly being groomed to take over Koch Industries once his father and uncle step away. He joined the company a few years after graduating from Texas A&M has been working his way up ever since.

Chase doesn’t give many interviews, but when he does, he emphasizes that his parents did their best to insulate him from their wealth. When he was 15, they sent him to work on a company feedlot in Syracuse, Kansas, for the summer. In his 20s, he moved to Austin, Texas, to try and make it as a musician...

 So far, Chase appears to follow in his father’s political and industrial footsteps. In 2016, he told a Wichita, Kansas, lecture hall that he was a disciple of market-based management, the libertarian philosophy behind Koch Industries, and that his father played him tapes of Milton Friedman and Frederick Hayek when he was 6 years old. According to Politico, in 2014 he was recruiting the children of other prominent political donors to continue their parents’ activism. While he hasn’t yet achieved the prominence of his father and uncle, he shows no signs of deviating from their ideology or their methods.

Then there is the shirt designer Wyatt Koch, son of Bill Koch, who has created shirts that feature eight balls, cannolis and bags of money.

And there is Elizabeth Robinson Koch.

According to HuffPo, Elizabeth  has a degree in English literature from Princeton and an MFA in fiction from Syracuse. Since then, she’s worked in media and publishing, first writing for ABC, then art-directing for the fiction and poetry journal Opium Magazine and later co-founding the event series Literary Death Match.

After establishing a handful of small presses, she put up the seed money for her current venture, Catapult Books, which publishes fiction and nonfiction, offers writing classes and publishes a magazine. She’s apparently working on a novel, possibly under a pen name, and occasionally writes for the L.A. Review of Books, Smith magazine and other outlets.

 In 2015, Elizabeth described herself as “apolitical” to the Wall Street Journal. Catapult’s catalog is meticulously non-controversial, mostly consisting of memoirs, novels and short-story collections, reports HuffPo. Elizabeth’s writing, too, is mostly memoir and fiction, no hot takes to be found, HuffPo continues. “Having money upsets and confuses me into feeling crappy and spoiled and quivering with self-loathing,” she wrote in 2007. “I expend a lot of energy pretending I don’t have it.” -RW  


  1. If Elizabeth were enterprising she would start a bunch of charities, then her publishing operation could give some nice press to the charities, make her look hip, ease her guilt, demonstrate some solid liberterianeque private charity principles, give some idiots something to write about so some other idiots can read about, and maybe get some of that dough she feels so guilty about into the hands of someone who might be a tad more appreciative of it and mobilize toward some end other than whining about all the options, possibilities, opportunities and potential gathering dust in that wallet you were born with. At least the shirt guy looks like he's having fun. People like goofy shirts. Good for him. I don't even like canolis, but I would wear a shirt with canolis on it.

  2. Maybe one of these tools will give you that easy money paycheck you have been chasing down with all your anti-Trump posts, Wenzel.