Jim Koch

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Jim Koch
Jim Koch 2013.jpg
Jim Koch, 2013
Born (1949-05-27) May 27, 1949 (age 73)
EducationHarvard University
Known forCo-founder and chairman of the Boston Beer Company
Spouse(s)Susan (div.)
(m. 1994)

C. James Koch (/kʊk/; born May 27, 1949) is an American entrepreneur, billionaire, and the co-founder and chairman of the Boston Beer Company, the producers of Samuel Adams beer. Koch is widely considered to be the founding father of the American craft brewery movement.[1]

Early life[edit]

Koch was born in Cincinnati, Ohio to Charles Joseph Koch Jr and Dorothy Kautz Koch.[2]

Koch earned a Bachelor of Arts, Juris Doctor, and Master of Business Administration from Harvard University.


He is a former consultant with The Boston Consulting Group. He was formerly an Outward Bound instructor. In 1984, Koch co-founded the Boston Beer Company, the producers of Samuel Adams beer.[3]

Koch took Boston Beer company public in 1995 and owns a 26% stake in the company, giving him a net-worth of over $2.4 billion. He is currently ranked #925 in Forbes Billionaires 2021.[4]

In 2016, Koch published Quench Your Own Thirst: Business Lessons Learned Over a Beer or Two, in which he discussed how he left his career as a management consultant to start his own brewery using his great-great-grandfather's recipe.[5]

In August 2018, Koch said the corporate tax cut of 2017 helped to play a major role in making Boston Beer Company more competitive in regard to foreign competitors. Koch stated that "When I started Sam Adams, American beer was a joke, and it pissed me off. And now, American brewers make the best beer in the world. And the tax reform was a very big deal for all of us, because 85 percent of the beer made in the United States is owned by foreign companies."[6][7]

Personal life[edit]

Koch was married to Susan but had split up around the time that he launched the company.[8][9] He remarried to entrepreneur Cynthia Fisher in 1994.[10][11] He has two children from his first marriage and two from his second.[12] They live in Newton, Massachusetts.[13][14]

Koch is unrelated to Stone Brewing Co. cofounder Greg Koch.[15]

Works cited[edit]

  • Koch, James (2016). Quench Your Own Thirst: Business lessons learned over a beer or two. New York: Flatiron Books. ISBN 978-1-250-07050-0. LCCN 2015046334.