Bill Koch

Koch_BillBill Koch, a 2004 Kansas Sports Hall of Fame Inductee, is one of the nation's greatest business minds and well-known philanthropists as well as being an avid sailor. In 1992, Koch won the America's Cup - the world's oldest trophy in sports. Koch was also the winning skipper in the 1990 and 1991 Maxi Yacht World Championships and in 1995, he assembled the world's first all-women's team to compete for the America's Cup. His commitment to the women's team represented a milestone in the recognition and opportunities now provided women athletes in many sports around the world. The founder and owner of one of the largest privately owned companies in the world - The Oxbow Group - Koch attended Massachusetts Institute of Technology where he earned three degrees. Koch has received numerous state and national awards for his commitment to charities in his home state and around the country. His generosity and dedication to the Wichita Boathouse has ensured that the Boathouse will continue to be a Wichita landmark and a source of pride for the community for generations to come.

 
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