A collection of obituaries of and articles about David Koch

Sep 3, 2019

Philanthropist David Koch died last month at the age of 79, after fighting prostate cancer for more than two decades. Along with his older brother Charles, Koch was known—and often criticized—for his substantial support of conservative and libertarian policy research, activism, and political candidates. He was also a supporter of cultural and medical organizations and projects. As part of The Giving Review’s “Collections” series, below is a collection of obituaries of and articles about him in the wake of his death.


W. James Antle III, “David Koch’s misunderstood legacy,” The Week, August 23, 2019

Emily Atkin, “How David Koch Changed the World,” The New Republic. August 23, 2019

Nicholas Ballasy, “Liberals Celebrate the Death of Philanthropist David Koch,” PJ Media, August 23, 2019

Paul Blumenthal, “David Koch, Billionaire Conservative Financier And Industrialist, Dead At 79,” HuffPost, August 23, 2019

Ryan Bort, “David Koch, Billionaire Conservative Activist, Dead at 79,” Rolling Stone, August 23, 2019

Chandra Bozelko, “Don’t Hate Koch Because He Was Generous,” The Wall Street Journal, August 25, 2019

Tim Busch, “David Koch’s greatest contribution was the principled way he did business,” New York Post, August 26, 2019

Jane Coaston, “‘David Koch walked the walk’: a libertarian on the Koch brother’s legacy,” Vox, August 23, 2019

“David Koch,” The Wall Street Journal, August 23, 2019 (Editorial Board)

John Daniel Davidson, “How Decades Of Paranoid Attacks On The Koch Brothers Turned Into Mainstream Leftist Tactics,” The Federalist, August 28, 2019

Austin Detwiler, “Billionaire philanthropist, David Koch, dies at 79,” Philanthropy Daily, August 23, 2019

Tim Dickinson, “David Koch Built a Toxic Empire—with Human Consequences: David Koch is dead, but the Koch colossus lives on,” Rolling Stone, August 23, 2019

Brian Doherty, “David Koch, R.I.P.,” Reason, August 23, 2019

Adam Eichen, “How David Koch’s 1980 Fantasy Became America’s Current Reality,” The New Republic, August 27, 2019

Philip Elliott, “David Koch’s Millions Remade the Republican Party. He Didn’t Like the Results,” Time, August 23, 2019

Erick Erickson, “David Koch, RIP,” The Resurgent, August 23, 2019

Jim Geraghty, “R.I.P. David Koch,” National Review, August 23, 2019

Shane Goldmacher, “How David Koch and His Brother Shaped American Politics,” The New York Times, August 23, 2019

Jeet Heer, “Even David Koch’s Philanthropy Was Toxic,” The Nation, August 26, 2019

David Henderson, “David Koch, RIP,” The Library of Economics and Liberty, August 23, 2019

Bill Hewitt, “David Koch, billionaire industrialist who influenced conservative politics, dies at 79,” The Washington Post, August 23, 2019

Michael Hiltzik, “How MIT whitewashed the climate change denialism of a major donor, David Koch,” Los Angeles Times, August 26, 2019

Sarah Jones, “David Koch’s Monstrous Legacy,” New York, August 23, 2019

“Koch’s legacy: What to make of David Koch’s life,” New York Daily News, August 23, 2019 (Editorial Board)

Stephen Kruiser, “Lunatic Left-Wing Writer: David Koch Responsible for More Deaths Than Bin Laden or Saddam,” PJ Media, August 23, 2019

Christopher Leonard, “David Koch Was the Ultimate Climate Change Denier,” The New York Times, August 23, 2019

Eric Lutz, “David Koch, Influential Conservative Billionaire, Dead at 79,” Vanity Fair, August 23, 2019

Aaron Mak, “David Koch, Billionaire Businessman and Conservative Donor, Dies at 79,” Slate, August 23, 2019

Amery Manuel, “David Koch Dies at Age 79,” The American Spectator, August 23, 2019

Robert D. McFadden, “David Koch, Billionaire Who Fueled Right-Wing Movement, Dies at 79,” The New York Times, August 23, 2019

William McGurn, “David Koch’s Righteous Profits,” The Wall Street Journal, August 26, 2019

Sara M. Moniusko, “Bill Maher gets candid about David Koch’s death: ‘I’m glad he’s dead’,” USA Today, August 24, 2019

Jay Nordlinger, “David Koch and His Name,” National Review, August 25, 2019

Henry Olsen, “David Koch helped build a libertarian empire. It turned out to be a paper tiger,” The Washington Post, August 23, 2019

Tyler O’Neil, “RIP David Koch, Businessman and Philanthropist, 1940-2019,” PJ Media, August 23, 2019

Azi Paybarh, “How David Koch Left His Mark on New York,” The New York Times, August 26, 2019

James Piereson and Naomi Schaefer Riley, “David Koch’s Philanthropic Legacy,” City Journal, August 26, 2019

Ed Pilkington, “The Kochtopus: sprawling network keeps David Koch’s legacy thriving,” The Guardian, August 23, 2019

Graham Piro, “Left-Wing Journalists Celebrate David Koch’s Death on Twitter: ‘He’s dead? Oh well,” The Washington Free Beacon, August 23, 2019

Robin Pogebrin and Elizabeth A. Harris, “David Koch, Embraced as an Arts Patron, Even as Criticism Grew,” The New York Times, August 23, 2019

Andrew Prokop, “David Koch has died at 79. Here’s how he changed American politics,” Vox, August 23, 2019

Christine Ravold, “In Memoriam: David Koch: ‘Dark Money’ for Cancer and Culture,” Capital Research Center, August 23, 2019

Nathan Robinson, “The Koch brothers tried to build a plutocracy in the name of freedom,” The Guardian, August 28, 2019

Alexander Sammon, “David Koch’s Heirs Will Enjoy the Biggest Tax Loophole Nobody Talks About,” The American Prospect, August 28, 2019

Daniel Schulman, “Remembering the Two David Kochs,” Mother Jones, August 23, 2019

Shira Tarlo, “David Koch, the billionaire who reshaped American politics with this brother Charles, dies at 79,” Salon, August 23, 2019

Emmett Tyrrell, “David Koch: An Appreciation,” The American Spectator, August 28, 2019

Greg Weiner, “David Koch, Political Philanthropist,” Law & Liberty, August 30, 2019

Melanie Grayce West and John McCormick, “Billionaire David Koch, Who Used His Wealth to Reshape U.S. Politics, Dies at 79: Industrialist backed conservative causes and candidates; he also donated more than $1.3 billion to charity,” The Wall Street Journal, August 23, 2019

Kevin D. Williamson, “A Different Kind of ‘Right-Wing’,” National Review, August 25, 2019

Caitlin Yilek, “Billionaire conservative philanthropist David Koch dead at 79,” Washington Examiner, August 23, 2019

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