Hundreds of people went to Twitter to post cruel messages in honor of the death of conservative billionaire David Koch.
Celebrities, including Bette Middler, even came into action on Friday morning after the news that the 79-year-old had died.
Together with his brother Charles, David built his fortune as co-owner of Koch Industries, the second largest private company in the US. Both men had an estimated assets of $ 50.5 billion, making them the 11th richest man in the world.
The Koch brothers have been one of the largest donors to the Republican Party since the 1980s and are drawing the anger of many liberals, some of whom celebrated David's death on Twitter.
On Friday, Bette Middler, who was not shy in sharing her political opinions, published a cruel Tweet that it & # 39; melancholy thinking & # 39; and that she believed Charles had died too.
Billionaire businessman David Koch of the infamous Koch brothers died at the age of 79. Pictured: Koch, right, with older brother Charles, left, on Morning Joe in November 2015
Bette Midler was one of those who shared nasty tweets that celebrated the death of David Koch on Friday
& # 39; I tweeted that #CharlesKoch died instead of #DavidKochIsDEAD. I am sorry to give false hope to others. I think it was just melancholy. While we see the Amazon rainforest burning, all the perpetrators of #GlobalWarming are mainly in mind, & the 39-year-old wrote.
She later pulled out the conservative think tank president Kay Coles James, who honored David on her own Twitter account by describing him as & # 39; a friend of freedom & # 39 ;.
& # 39; With all due respect, Mrs. James, f ** k u. A & # 39; friend of freedom & # 39 ;. Yes, his and his family's. The rest of us can drink and burn lead water in the climate change that he caused, & Midler raged.
The Hocus Pocus actress was not the only one to celebrate David's death on Friday.
Others have posted nasty tweets in which they taunt Charles, who is 83 years old, about his future death.
Hundreds of people shared cruel – and in some cases nasty – reports of David's death
Writer Sandra Newman wrote: & # 39; Today Charles Koch learns how overjoyed the world will be when he dies & # 39 ;.
Meanwhile, the former Democratic candidate for the 18th convention district of Florida – who lost her primary bid in 2018 – wrote that she felt sorry for the late David Koch.
& # 39; Good advice Mr. Koch … The world fills a smidge lighter without you. & # 39;
Not all outspoken Democrats and leftist activists, however, agreed.
Alyssa Milano – known as a pronounced progressive – rebuked those who posted happy messages.
& # 39; Celebrating a man's death as he fights to abolish the death penalty is a bad look for Democrats / people, & she said.
Alyssa Milano – known as a pronounced progressive – rebuked those who posted happy messages
Elsewhere, the conservative commentator Ben Shapiro claimed that the nasty tweets were a perfect example of how toxic our politics have become & # 39 ;.
David Koch is survived by his wife, Julia, and their three children: David Jr., Mary Julia and John Mark.
On Friday, Julia Koch said in a statement: “As we mourn the loss of our hero, we remember his iconic smile, insatiable curiosity, and gentle heart. His stories about childhood adventures have enlivened our family dinners; his endless knowledge made him our "current Google".
& # 39; His sensitive heart let him shed a tear over the beauty of his daughter's ballet and shone with pride as his son beat him to play chess. We will miss the fifth link in our family. & # 39;
Details about the death of Koch including the time, place and cause are unclear. He is survived by his wife, Julia, and their three children. Pictured: Koch at the 13th Annual Prostate Cancer Foundation Gala at Water Mill, New York, August 2017, left; and with his wife, Julia, at the School of American Ballet & # 39; s Winter Ball at the David H Koch Theater in New York City, March 2017, right
David Koch built his fortune with Koch Industries, a conglomerate for oil, chemicals and textiles based in the home town of the Wichita brothers, Kansas.
It is currently the second largest private company in the US, with Charles, the current CEO, who says it & literally about my corpse & # 39; will be made public. The economist.
In June 2018, Koch said goodbye to the company, citing health problems.
He was diagnosed with prostate cancer in 1992, who had been fighting on and off for years. At the time, he had five months to live.
& # 39; David gladly said that a combination of brilliant doctors, state-of-the-art drugs and his own stubbornness kept the cancer at bay, "said Charles Koch's statement.
& # 39; We can all be grateful for it because it has affected so many more lives. & # 39;
According to Forbes magazine, David Koch's assets at the time of his death were $ 50.5 billion, making him the 11th richest person in the world – associated with his brother.
The combined wealth of the brothers is supposed to have surpassed the wealth of & # 39; the world's richest man, Jeff Bezos, the founder, president, CEO, and president of Amazon.com Inc.
In addition to New York City, David Koch had homes in Southampton, New York, Aspen, Colorado, and Palm Beach, Florida.
The brothers began their political journey in the late 1970s by supporting hard Libertarian goals, culminating in David's run as vice-presidential candidate on the Libertarian Party ticket in the 1980 presidential election.
He and presidential candidate Ed Clark ran on a platform that called for the abolition of the social security, the IRS, the Federal Reserve, the FBI, the CIA and the Environmental Protection Agency.
They were also opposed to government spending, including public schools, Medicare and Medicaid.
As a message, it did not resonate, and the ticket received only one percent, with Ronald Reagan beats incumbent President Jimmy Carter.
Koch was born in Wichita, Kansas, in May 1940 and is a twin with Bill Koch. Pictured, from left to right: Bill Koch, Charles Koch, David Koch and Frederick Koch, undated
He holds a bachelor's and master's degree in chemical technology from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Pictured, from left to right: Bill Koch, Charles Koch and David Koch, undated
Koch joined Koch Industries in 1970, founded by his father. On the photo: Mother Mary, sitting; back row, from left to right: Bill Koch, David Koch, father Fred Koch, Charles Koch and Frederick Koch
He once achieved the MIT basketball single-game score of 41 points. Pictured: David Koch, left, and Bill Koch in the MIT basketball team during the 1960-61 season
Since the 1980s, the Koch brothers have used their enormous fortunes to bank their own conservative political machine, creating an enormous empire of organizations and interest groups that have anchored the post-Reagan GOP as the party of tax cuts and scarce regulations.
By doing this, they became the bête noire for many Democratic and environmental activists who complained about the tentacles of the & # 39; kochtopus & # 39; and its great influence on conservative politics.
Environmentalists criticized the couple for funding political campaigns aimed at reversing environmental regulations and being the main sponsors of the climate change denial in the US.
Koch Industries has paid millions of fines for oil spills, discharge of toxic chemicals, and violating other environmental regulations.
According to the interest group Good jobs first, the company has paid more than $ 749 million in environmental violations since 2000.
The Koch brothers argued for lower government spending and limited involvement in wars abroad, and analysts believe they have contributed to the Tea Party movement.
In a Weekly Standard interview in 2011, David Koch named the then President Barack Obama & # 39; the most radical president we have ever had as a nation & # 39; and accused him of causing & # 39; more damage to the free enterprise system and long-term prosperity than any president we've ever had & # 39 ;, CNBC.
Koch ran as the vice-presidential candidate on the Libertarian Party ticket in 1980, but received only one percent of the vote. Pictured, from left to right: David, presidential candidate Ed Clark, and Clarks wife Alicia Garcia Cobos de Clark, during a rally in Los Angeles, September 1980
He gave $ 100 million to the New York State Theater at Lincoln Center – renamed the David H Koch Theater. Pictured: Sarah Jessica Parker and David Koch at the opening night party of the New York City Ballet 2008-2009 in November 2008
Koch is believed to have contributed at least $ 395 million to medical institutions and research projects between 1998 and 2012 Pictured, from left to right: Margo Langenberg, Frederick Koch, David Koch, Julia Koch at the School of American Ballet Winter Ball, March 2017
The Koch brothers financed non-profit organizations such as Americans for prosperity, which argued for lower taxes and fewer business regulations.
The brothers, however, collided with Republican President Donald Trump and supported his rivals for the 2016 Republican nomination.
They displayed advertisements at the import rates that Trump applied to goods that came from Canada, the European Union and Mexico.
The brothers also supported the Obama-era Deferred Action Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program and criticized the Trump government for failing to provide a legal, easy path to the status of citizenship for undocumented young immigrants.
David Koch was also an advocate of the woman's right to abortion, same-sex marriage and prison reform.
The brothers had hinted that they would be open to support Democrats in the 2020 elections.
David Koch was not only a political donor, but also a philanthropist.
He gave $ 100 million to the New York State Theater at Lincoln Center – later renamed the David H Koch Theater – and $ 65 million to renovate the square at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.
Koch also donated money to Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, New York-Presbyterian Hospital, MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, Texas, and the dinosaur wing in the American Museum of Natural History.
The outpatient center of New York-Presbyterian and the dinosaur wing of the Natural History Museum are also named after him.
It is believed that between 1998 and 2012, Koch contributed at least $ 395 million to various medical institutions and research projects.
In total, he has donated an estimated between $ 1.2 billion and $ 1.3 billion of his fortune between the arts and the medical world.
Koch married his wife, Julia Flescher, a former Adolfo assistant, in 1996. On the photo: the couple at their wedding in Long Island
Together they have three children: David Jr., Mary Julia and John Mark. Pictured: David, his daughter Mary Julia and his wife Julia at Lincoln Center in May 2008
Koch was born in Wichita, Kansas, in May 1940 and is a fraternal twin; Bill Koch was born 19 minutes later.
He holds a bachelor's and master's degree in chemical technology from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
The 6-foot-5 Koch played in the school's basketball team, the Engineers, with his twin Bill, and even had the single-game score of 41 points once, T reported.he New York Times.
David Koch joined Koch Industries, the company founded by his father, in 1970 as technical services manager.
At the time of his death, he and his brother, Charles Koch, each owned 42 percent of the company after buying the shares from their brothers Bill and Frederick.
According to Julia Flescher, a former Adolfo assistant, Koch got married in 1996 The times.
Tribute was shared on Friday morning by countless politicians on Twitter after the news of Koch's death became known
Kentucky Republican senator, Rand Paul, led tributes on Twitter on Friday morning.
& # 39; RIP to a man who led a life of freedom, peace and philanthropy, & # 39; he wrote. & # 39; Great blessings are great responsibility, and David Koch lived that way. His many contributions will have a lasting impact on our country. My thoughts are with his family today. & # 39;
State Secretary Mike Pompeo, who was a member of the House of Representatives representing Kansas between 2011 and 2017, expressed his condolences.
& # 39; I was saddened by the death of David Koch, & # 39; he tweeted. & # 39; He was a merciful philanthropist, a successful businessman, and a proud American. I send my prayers to the Koch family in this difficult time. & # 39;
The official Twitter page of the Libertarian Party also shared condolences and wrote: & Today our 1980 nominee for vice-president David Koch passed away. David was often a central point in the political debate and spent much of his life contributing in his own way and working on what he believed: a freer world. #RIP #DavidKoch. & # 39;
Rise of the Koch brothers: how the billionaire industrialists were shaped by their father's hatred of the Soviet Union, argued with their families about money and built up a powerful political network that changed America
He was the offspring of an oil fortune, twins closely related to his older brother Charles in both business and politics, and a one-time vice-presidential candidate who has given millions to Libertarian and conservative goals that have strongly influenced the national situation politically.
Billionaire David Koch, a powerful donor and philanthropist and one of the richest people in the world, died at the age of 79. His assets are estimated at nearly $ 50 billion.
With his brother Charles, who took the reins of the company their father, Fred Koch, had built, they vastly expanded Koch Industries into oil refineries and became the private conglomerate that it is today, with an estimated turnover of $ 110 billion.
Fred Koch, who came to hate communism after building oil refineries in the Soviet Union under Stalin, was one of the founders of the John Birch Society, who argued for a limited government. Charles and David – who have fought for decades against their two other brothers, Frederick and William – followed their father's political path by founding the libertarian Cato Institute and became influential boosters of the conservative movement.
Koch, who survived a plane crash in 1991 that killed 33 people and was diagnosed with prostate cancer the following year, is survived by his wife, Julia Flesher, whom he married in 1996, and their three children, Mary, John and David Jr.
David Koch, on the left, with his fraternal twin William, passing by Bill, about three years old in the above undated photo
Above, the Christmas card photo of the Koch family somewhere in the fifties. Fred, sitting in glasses, and Mary Koch with their four sons, Charles, left and sitting, Frederick, right and sitting, and David, left and standing, and Bill, right and standing
Koch was born on May 3, 1940 in Wichita, Kansas and was minutes older than his fraternal twin William, who goes to Bill. He was the third son for his father and his mother, Mary Clementine Robinson Koch. The eldest son, Frederick, was born on August 26, 1933 and then Charles on November 1, 1935.
Fred Koch, chemical engineer, was in his twenties when he started his first engineering firm in 1925, according to the death notice from Wichita Beacon in 1967. But sailing was not smooth. Due to a process he developed that enabled smaller oil companies to compete with larger companies, he was stuck in court cases for a while. By 1929, his company, Winkler-Koch Engineering, built oil refineries in the Soviet Union. According to him, witnessing the cleansing of Stalin at this time led his anti-communist views Forbes.
By 1940, Fred Koch started a new company with partners who would eventually become Koch Industries, and he handed the company over to Charles in 1966, according to news reports and SEC archives. The following year, Fred died at the age of 67 on November 17.
Despite their wealth, Fred was a tough father who let the four boys work during their youth, according to the 2014 book, Sons of Wichita: How the Koch Brothers became America's most powerful and private dynasty.
& # 39; He set them to work milking cows, digging hay, digging trenches, mowing lawns and anything else he could think of, & # 39; wrote Daniel Schulman, author of Sons of Wichita. & # 39; The endless chore routine was especially torturing during the summer months, when other local children from the upper crust of Wichita chased away the afternoons in the country club, waving the sound of their delight literally down 13th Street to the property of Kochs. & # 39;
Above left, the mother of David Koch, Mary Clementine Robinson Koch, and his father, Fred Koch, right
Above, Mary and Fred Koch in an undated photo
After graduating from Deerfield Academy, a boarding school in Massachusetts, in 1959, David went to his father's alma mater, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where he played basketball with his twin brother Bill and studied chemical engineering, including his father. He graduated with a bachelor's degree in 1962 and obtained a master's degree the following year.
He joined Koch Industries in 1970 with his brother Charles and together they built the company into the industrial juggernaut it is today.
However, there were family feats on the way in the company. In 1980, David's twin, Bill, competed to take control of Koch Industries, but failed and was fired, according to Forbes. Bill and Frederick, the oldest, & # 39; sold their interests in the family oil conglomerate back to Charles and David for more than $ 700 million in 1983. With a brief feeling, the two led the next 18 years for more charges & # 39 ;, thus Forbes. After years of trial, the brothers settled for $ 1.1 billion, according to Huffington Post.
Fred has influenced David and Charles politically. After Fred & # 39; s time in the Soviet Union, he became one of the founders of the John Birch Society. David once said that his father was a very conservative Republican and not a fan of a big government, according to an article in Weekly Weekly 2011.
By the 1970s, David and Charles were part of the establishment of the libertarian Cato Institute, and in 1980, David became vice president on the Edbert Libertarian Party ticket. Their platform included & # 39; termination of social security, welfare, minimum wage and labor laws, corporation tax and a host of government agencies, including the FBI, CIA, Department of Energy, Securities and Exchange Commission and Occupational Health and Safety Administration. & # 39; The & # 39; Clark-Koch ticket won only 1.1 percent & # 39 ;, says HuffPost.
As a bachelor, David was known to entertain the participants of Miss America at lavish parties thrown into his penthouse. New York Social Diary compared these parties with an & # 39; East Coast version of the soirées of Hugh Hefner & # 39 ;.
While Charles was staying in Wichita, David moved to New York City and became a man in the city. He was he was known for his exuberant parties and a preference for beautiful women. New York Social Diary compared its meetings with an & # 39; East Coast version of the soirées of Hugh Hefner & # 39 ;.
But in 1996, the experienced playboy finally settled at the age of 56 with Julia Margaret Flesher, daughter of an Iowa-based antiquarian. & # 39; After four and a half years Julia gave me two choices, I would be a living husband or a dead bachelor & # 39 ;, he told the New York Times. The couple had three children, David Koch Jr., Mary Julia Koch and John Mark Koch.
Koch and Flesher met for the first time in 1991 on a blind date arranged by mutual friends. Flesher was then 27 years old and worked as an assistant to fashion designer Adolfo, the label that became known by dressing up Nancy Reagan. Koch made sure they met in the legendary East Side restaurant Diners, Le Club, and admitted in their profile of New York Magazine 2010 that their first date was a complete flop: & I was a bit, how should I say it, forward it with my humor, Julia smiled, but weak. & # 39; Similarly, Flesher told the New York Times: & # 39; I'm glad I met that man, because now I know I never want to go out with him. & # 39;
A few months later, they met at a party. Koch had recently survived the plane crash and Flesher approached him to say how happy she was that he was alive. The couple started dating, but it wasn't always easy for Flesher – especially when it came to the female company that Koch entertained at his extravagant parties. David Patrick Columbia, editor of New York Social Diary, explained the Times: & # 39; It was a little embarrassing for her, but he liked the Hugh Hefner-like decoration and Julia was very patient with it. & # 39;
Friends of Koch did not think he would ever settle down, but eventually Flesher overcame. & # 39; When I was single every week with another girl on my arm, people didn't think I was pretty legitimate, & he said to the New York Times. Shortly after their date, Koch was diagnosed with prostate cancer. & # 39; I found mine too late to heal, & # 39; he said to Andrew Goldman of New York Magazine. All three of his brothers were also diagnosed with the disease and cured. Facing his diagnoses with the usual Koch Stoicism, he said: & # 39; My doctor thinks the treatment I get will work for many years to come, but in the end it will fail. & # 39;
Although both Jennifer and David admit that their first date was a flop, they eventually got married and raised three children, together they chaired countless charities and foundations as a toast to New York society
By 2010, the couple had been successfully married for 14 years when he said to Goldman: & My wife knows that I am as devoted as a choir boy. I would never do anything to jeopardize my relationship with Julia. & # 39; But he explained that the hormone treatment for his cancer had an effect on his marriage: & # 39; You get a breast enlargement, you know. And it takes away your sex drive. Of course I can still admire beautiful, attractive women, but that kind of primitive sex drive is missing, you know. Am I missing it? Oh yes, of course. & # 39; Before adding: & # 39; The power of the family overwhelms these other things. & # 39;
After being diagnosed with cancer, Koch generously began donating money to medical research. He gives away nearly $ 1.3 billion and is, according to Chronicle of Philanthropy, a non-profit trade magazine based in Washington, one of the 50 best philanthropists in the world. & # 39; As I see it, cancer research is absolutely non-partisan. Cancer is very democratic in the sense that it attacks people regardless of race, gender, national background or political beliefs, Koch explains to Forbes Magazine. His greatest contributions have been to Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, New York Presbyterian Hospital, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (his alma mater), the John Hopkins School of Medicine, among so many others.
The David H. Koch Charitable Foundation has also invested in some of the largest cultural institutions in New York City. In 2012, Koch donated $ 35 million to the American Museum of Natural History to build a new dinosaur wing, a nod to his boy's passion. He remembered the first time he visited the museum as a young dinosaur-obsessed boy, against New York Magazine: & I was blown away. It is my favorite museum in the city. & # 39; Substantial contributions to New York City art made Koch the beauty of every ball in the New York City social circuit, he joked in his 2010 profile: & # 39; Sometimes I feel like a beautiful girl, saying: & # 39 ; God! Does every man who goes out with me just want to sleep with me? Don't they like me because of my personality? & # 39;
Koch was diagnosed with incurable prostate cancer 27 years ago, a disease that also affected all three of his brothers. In 2010 he told New York Magazine: & # 39; My doctor thinks the treatment I get will work for many years to come, but in the end it will fail & # 39;
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