Now, It's Bill Koch Vs. The Sea

Bill Koch has always been an outsider. As a child, he says, he endured the baiting of his two brothers, who later shut him out of managing Koch Industries Inc., the family's privately held oil empire. As a 40-year-old, Koch waged a proxy fight against them for control of the business. The bid failed, but the brothers paid him $550 million to go away. Eleven years later, Koch is again fighting for attention. Only this time, he's trying to elbow into the elite club of yacht-racing champions.

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