David Koch, one of the brothers behind Koch Industries, dies aged 79

Billionaire David Koch chairman of the

Billionaire David Koch in 2011. Getty Images

The company says it brings in more than $100 billion in revenue each year and reinvests 90 percent of earnings back into the company. Together, the brothers also funded a number of right wing candidates, activist groups, and right wing think tanks.

Koch's political influence didn't always come via his wallet.

He had majority control of energy and chemical company Koch Industries, which he co-owned with his older brother Charles.

The company founded by Charles and David Koch - the second largest privately owned business in the United States - has interests ranging from pipelines to paper towels. At that time it was worth just $250 million. While conservative parties in nearly every other country have endorsed at least some kind of climate policy; the reason Republicans still do not is to a great degree the responsibility of just two men. William and David are twins. In the 1980s and '90s, Charles and David were embroiled in a legal feud with their other brothers, William and Frederick, over leadership and ownership of the company. And it will be the issue on which the history books judge everyone, not just David Koch. Fred is extremely rich, but not a billionaire.

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The legal case caused a massive rift between the sets of brothers that continues to this day. They also dedicated funds toward medical research and the arts. In fact, according to NASA, eighteen of the nineteen hottest years on record have occurred in the past two decades. The pipe was corroded.

Details surrounding Koch's death including the time, place and cause are unclear.

The Koch company is an industrial conglomerate that is one of the world's largest private companies, engaging in everything from oil refining to making consumer products such as Brawny paper towels.

Such lazy demonization belies a life and fortune spent trying to build a better world through business, politics, and culture, one in which people are not only more prosperous and tolerant but free to run their own experiments in living. He received roughly 1% of the vote. Despite opposing Donald Trump's presidential candidacy, he delivered for them by withdrawing from the Paris climate accord, nominating pro-carbon appointees to lead regulatory agencies and slashing personal and corporate taxes.

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David Koch, however, had stepped away from a leadership role in recent years because of declining health.

During his lifetime he donated hundreds of millions of dollars to charity. Over the years, the David H. Koch Charitable Foundation has given money to various arts and science organizations, including the American Ballet Theatre and the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

David leaves behind his wife, Julia Flesher, and their three children.

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