Julia Margaret Flesher Biography
Julia Margaret Flesher is the wife and widow of the American businessman, philanthropist, political activist, and chemical engineer David Koch. Koch died on 23 August 2019.
David’s brother Charles Koch confirmed the news of his death saying, “It is with a heavy heart that I announce the passing of my brother David.” “Anyone who worked with David surely experienced his giant personality and passion for life.”
Flesher worked as an assistant to a dress designer in New York “Adolfo” before she got married to Koch. The couple was married for over 22 years. Julia attended the University of Central Arkansas. In her work as an assistant dress designer, Julia on occasion actually dressed Nancy Reagan in her famous knit suits. She has also styled other prominent socialites. The New York Times also states that she was regularly taken to the White House to style the First Lady.
Julia Margaret Flesher Age
Flesher is 56 years old as of 2019. She was born in 1963 in Indianola, Iowa, United States.
Julia Margaret Flesher Family
Flesher is the daughter of an Arkansas junk dealer. She told the New York Times in 1998 that she grew up in the town of Indianola, Iowa, close to Des Moines. Flesher’s family owned a farm and later a furniture store in the town.
Her family then moved to Arkansas where they opened a high-end women’s clothing store. Her father was living in Indianola while her mother was living in Little Rock, Arkansas. Flesher has said that he fell in love with New York City after coming to the big apple on a business trip with her mother in 1980.
David Koch Julia Margaret Flesher
Margaret has been married to David Koch since 1996. He is the co-founder of Koch Industries, the second-largest privately held company in the United States, in 1970. Koch was the son of chemical engineer Fred Chase and Mary Clementine.
Julia met Koch back in 1991 when he was 50 years old. The couple’s first date was a flop. They were introduced by another couple. Koch is also a survivor of the USAir Flight 1493 crash in 1991, this incident unintentionally playing cupid to David and Julia. A few months later, Julia approached Koch at a party. Julia had heard about the plane crash, and she told him how glad she was he hadn’t died.
The couple began dating shortly after, the couple began dating.
David has three brothers: Frederick R. Koch, Charles Koch, and nineteen-minute-younger twin Bill Koch. All the brothers take part in the family business Koch Industries. David’s tribute on the Koch Industries website says that it was Flesher, along with Koch’s mother, who helped to “instill” love of the arts in him.
Julia Margaret Flesher and David Koch Wedding
Julia and Koch got married in the groom’s house of Southampton in 1996. Their marriage faced many oppositions and suspicion from the grande dames of the New York society and the disapproval continued even after their wedding.
Julia was even shunned from New York’s elite club. Julia feels she was unfairly characterized in a 1998 New York Times Magazine story about her debut as co-chair of the Met’s annual Costume Institute Gala. However, she tends to avoid the limelight.
Among the philanthropic contributions made by the couple includes, “major gifts to the Lincoln Center, the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History. The couple contributed to the construction of the Mary R. Koch Arts Center in Wichita.”
Julia Margaret Flesher David Koch Death
He was diagnosed with prostate cancer in 1992. Koch underwent radiation, surgery, and hormone therapy, but cancer returned every time. He said that he believed his experience with cancer encouraged him to fund medical research.
Koch died at the age of 79 on 23 August 2019.
Julia Margaret Flesher Children
Julia Margaret Flesher Mary Julia Koch
Flesher has only one daughter, Mary Julia Koch with her late husband David Koch.
David Koch Jr. Julia Margaret Flesher
David is the son of Margaret and her late husband businessman and philanthropist David Hamilton Koch. There is no much information disclosed about the couple’s children.
Julia Margaret Flesher Net Worth
Flesher’s net worth is not disclosed to the public, her husband David Koch had an estimated net worth of $48 million.