David Koch is the co-owner and executive vice president of Koch Industries, one
of the largest closely held companies in the world. The Wichita, Kansas-based firm operates in various industries including oil refining, pipelines, commodities trading and paper pulp, and has annual sales of $110 billion. Koch owns 42 percent of the company.
In May 2008, a unit of Koch Industries Inc., one of the world’s largest privately held companies, sent Ludmila Egorova-Farines, its newly hired compliance officer and ethics manager, to investigate the management of a subsidiary in Arles in southern France. In less than a week, she discovered that the company had paid bribes to win contracts.
Bloomberg Markets’ inaugural list of the world’s richest people showcases the billionaires who pull the levers on the global economy. Their net worth totals $2.7 trillion, about the size of the gross domestic product of France, the fifth-biggest economy on the planet.