Julia Koch attends "An Evening Honoring Valentino" gala, hosted by...

Julia Koch attends "An Evening Honoring Valentino" gala, hosted by the Lincoln Center Corporate Fund, at Alice Tully Hall on Dec. 7, 2015, in New York. Credit: Evan Agostini/Invision/AP/Evan Agostini

TORONTO - Julia Koch is reportedly in talks to purchase a 10% stake in BSE Global, the holding company that owns the Nets, Barclays Center and the Liberty. Koch is president of the David H. Koch Foundation, named for her late husband who died in 2019.

Bloomberg first reported Koch’s interest Thursday and Sportico also reported that she and her three children would be part of the investment stake. Sportico added that Koch Industries would not be involved with the deal.

According to Forbes, Koch is the second-richest woman in the world with a net worth of $59 billion, as of last April. Sportico recently valued the Nets at $3.98 billion, which is ranked 13th among the league’s 30 teams.

Messages to BSE Global seeking comment were not immediately returned.

Nets owner Joe Tsai has owned the team outright since 2019 after he purchased 49% of the team in 2017 from previous owner Mikhail Prokhorov.

Koch is also known for her philanthropy. This month, her family foundation made a $75 million gift to NYU Langone Health to open an ambulatory care center in Florida in 2026.

The Koch network, which was overseen by brothers David and Charles, is also notable for political contributions to mostly conservative causes.

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