Rachel Maddow talks about the Koch brothers, Charles and David Koch, frequently on her show. When I came across this piece at Al Jazeera, it seemed like a good idea to pass it on.
The story is excellant, this being a key graf
Koch industries, the second largest privately-held company in the US, is an oil refining, chemical, paper products and financial services company with revenues of a $100bn a year. Virtually every American household has some Koch product – from paper towels and lumber, to Stainmaster carpet and Lycra in sports clothes, to gasoline for cars. The Koch’s political philosophy of rolling back environmental and financial regulations is also beneficial to their business interests.
The story does not mention how these gentlemen got so rich. Well, they made their money the old fashioned way. They inherited it.