Koch Charged with Domestic Abuse

Millionaire businessman and America’s Cup winner William Koch was arrested for allegedly punching his wife in the stomach and threatening to kill his entire family with a belt.

Koch, who won the 1992 America’s Cup, was arrested at the couple’s luxurious Cape Cod home in a gated community in the village of Osterville on Monday night.

Angela Koch, 42, told police of her 60-year-old husband’s attack, and said he threatened “to beat his whole family to death with his belt,” said Barnstable Deputy Police Chief Michael Martin. No family members required medical attention.

Pleads Innocent to All Counts

Koch has pleaded innocent to charges of domestic assault and battery, and two counts of threatening to commit murder. He is free on his own recognizance.

In a statement released Wednesday through a spokesman for Koch’s Oxbow Corporation, Koch said he loves his wife and is confident “that with the help of competent professionals we will be able to work out our problems.”

Koch, whose wealth was estimated at $650 million by Forbes, has four children, including a 2-year-old son and a 1-year-old daughter with Angela Koch.

Koch won the 1992 America’s Cup by beating Italy, and sponsored an all-women’s Cup team in 1995. His Oxbow Corp. includes companies involved in energy and real estate.

Koch is a native of Kansas whose father struck it rich in the oil business. Koch has sued two of his brothers during the past decade for control of the family business, Koch Industries, for a greater share of the company.