Richard Fink

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Richard Fink
Born Richard Harold Fink
(1951-05-31) May 31, 1951 (age 67)
New Jersey, U.S.
Citizenship United States
Education Economics
Alma mater Rutgers University
University of California, Los Angeles
New York University
Occupation Executive vice president Koch Industries
Employer Koch Industries
Board member of Americans for Prosperity Foundation, Institute for Humane Studies, Mercatus Center at George Mason University

Richard Harold Fink (born May 31, 1951)[1] is an American businessman and academic. He is the former executive vice president of Koch Industries, the second largest privately held company in the U.S.[2][3]

Education and academic career[edit]

Fink received a B.A. in economics from Rutgers University, an M.A. in economics from the University of California, Los Angeles, and a Ph.D. in economics from New York University. Between 1980 and 1986, Fink was on the economics faculty at George Mason University,[4] where he was the founder and director of the Center for Market Processes, which later became the Mercatus Center. Under his leadership, during the 1980s, George Mason was a center of Austrian Economics.[5]

Relationship with Charles Koch[edit]

In the late '70s, Richard Fink met Charles Koch to discuss founding a research center devoted to teaching Austrian economics thought at Rutgers. Fink met with Koch in Wichita and planned what became the Mercatus Center in 1999.[6]

Koch Industries[edit]

Fink served as an executive vice president of Koch Industries, Inc. He was also chairman and CEO of Koch Companies Public Sector, LLC, which provides legal and government and public affairs services to Koch Industries and its affiliate. He was on the board of directors of Koch Industries Inc., Georgia-Pacific and Flint Hills Resources, LLC.

Koch Family Foundations[edit]

Fink was a member of the boards of directors and President of the Charles G. Koch Charitable Foundation and the Claude R. Lambe Charitable Foundation. He was also on the board of the Fred C. and Mary R. Koch Foundation.

Board memberships[edit]

Fink served on the board of trustees of the Democratic Leadership Council.[7]

Fink co-founded Citizens for a Sound Economy,[8] where he served as president,[9] and co-founded the Citizens for a Sound Economy Foundation, which is now the Americans for Prosperity Foundation.[disputed ] He also sat on the board of the Institute for Humane Studies, and the Mercatus Center at George Mason University. He previously served on the Consumer Advisory Council[clarification needed] of the Federal Reserve Board and the Commission on Privatization[clarification needed].

Fink was a member of the boards of directors of the Charles Koch Foundation, the Claude R. Lambe Charitable Foundation, the Fred C. and Mary R. Koch Foundation, the Institute for Humane Studies, the Market-Based Management Institute, and Americans for Prosperity Foundation.[6]


  1. ^ "Richard Harold Fink." Who's Who in Finance and Business, 25th Edition. The Complete Marquis Who's Who Biographies. 2001. Accessed via LexisNexis on September 3, 2014.
  2. ^ Andrea D. Murphy and John J. Ray, ed. (2009-10-28). "America's Largest Private Companies". Forbes. 
  3. ^ Alberta, Tim; Johnson, Eliana (May 16, 2016). "Exclusive: In Koch World 'Realignment,' Less National Politics". National Review. Retrieved 29 August 2016. 
  4. ^ "Richard Fink, Board Member". 
  5. ^ Doherty, Brian (2007). Radicals for Capitalism: A Freewheeling History of the Modern American Libertarian Movement. PublicAffairs. 
  6. ^ a b Continetti, Matthew (April 4, 2011). "The Paranoid Style in Liberal Politics". The Weekly Standard. 
  7. ^ Dreyfuss, Robert (December 19, 2001). "How the DLC Does It". American Prospect. 
  8. ^ Torres, Justin (May 1, 2008). "Charles G. Koch Charitable Foundation: Teaching the principles of free enterprise to the nonprofit leaders of tomorrow". Philanthropy Magazine. Philanthropy Roundtable. 
  9. ^ Mayer, Jane (August 30, 2010). "Covert Operations: The billionaire brothers who are waging a war against Obama". The New Yorker. 

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