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Broke the Koch Brothers' Takeover of America
What You Should Know / August 9, 2010 -- Julia Flesher Koch, a young woman of manners and social ambition from Conway, Ark., much admired in her Upper East Side circle for marrying one of the richest men in America, made her New York society debut last month when she ascended the stairs of the Metropolitan Museum of Art in an explosion of flashbulbs and expectations. It was what the Met calls ''the party of the year,'' the annual benefit for its Costume Institute, and Julia Koch, 34, a former Adolfo assistant who literally dressed Nancy Reagan in the old court designer's knitted suits, was co-chairwoman -- a position held in the past by both Pat Buckley and Jacqueline Onassis. Koch (pronounced coke) shared her post with two crucial members of the fashion trade: Patrick McCarthy, the chairman of Fairchild Publications, and Anna Wintour, Vogue's editor, who handpicked her for the job. Koch's husband of 18 months, David H. Koch, executive vice president of the $30 billion Koch Industries Inc., the second-largest privately held company in the United States, was helpful, too: he has given the Met, by his estimation, $3 million. In 1995, he paid $9.5 million for the Fifth Avenue apartment that belonged to Jackie Onassis. The couple plans to move in this spring.

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  • 1. Patrick Lilley  |  January 21st, 2015 at 11:28 pm

    The Kochs have the power to save or destroy the US. Everyone is out of balance to some degree, but not everyone imbalance has as profound of an affect as the Kochs do. One knows nothing of the world they haven’t seen yet. I knew nothing of the gay plight until I met one. It changed me as everything changes every one. I understood his plight, whereas before it was literally impossible for me to understand. There are things (people) in this world that , THrough no fault nor defect of character, David doesn’t understand. I believe it was Longellow that said we learn in three ways. 1) books 2) the universe and 3) the common man. He could learn a lot from me and I could learn a lot from him. It’s a shame that we are worlds apart. I don’t want a dime. I want some of David’s time

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