• Bridget Rooney is an American actress and socialite, likely best known for her relationship with actor Kevin Costner and her marriage to billionaire businessman Bill Koch.
• She grew up as an only child, dreaming of becoming a model and playing sports to stay in shape.
• Bridget is married to Bill Koch with whom she has a daughter, and has a son Liam Timothy from her former relationship with Kevin Costner.
• She and her husband are both philanthropists, and she enjoys travelling, watching movies and playing sports in her spare time.
• Bill Koch is a businessman, collector and sailor, who won the America's Cup in 1992 and has a collection of maritime memorabilia and military vehicles.
Who is Bridget Rooney?
Bridget was born in the USA, in May 1962 – her zodiac sign is either Taurus or Gemini, and she holds American nationality. She’s an actress and socialite, probably known best for two things: her former relationship with famous American actor Kevin Costner, and for being the wife of Bill Koch, an American billionaire businessman.
Early life and education
Bridget was raised in the US by her parents, about whom not a lot is known as she respects their privacy; it’s believed that her father was a theatre actor, and that her mother was a psychologist at a local high school. Because Bridget hasn’t mentioned having any siblings, she’s believed to be an only child.
She grew up dreaming of becoming a model, and she and her peers occasionally bought girly magazines to admire the models featured in these. Bridget became physically active upon enrolling at high school in 1976, believing that playing sports would help her shape her figure, and make it ready for her modelling career.
She matriculated in 1980, and because Bridget hasn’t spoken of her further education, it’s believed that she hasn’t attended college.
Bridget spent the ‘80s and ‘90s working as a model, while it remains unknown if she has been doing since then.
She has a single acting credit: Bridget played Tess in the popular 2011 short horror movie “Zombie or Not Zombie”, directed by Larry Rosen, and which starred Alina Karasavva and Alisa Lova. It follows a girl who’s checking the internet for information about zombies, without knowing that there are zombies on their way to get her.
Love life and marriage with Bill Koch
Bridget began dating Kevin Costner not long after he had divorced his wife of 16 years Cindy Silva in 1994; Bridget gave birth to their son Liam Timothy in 1996, but they split not long after that.
She met Bill Koch in the first half of the 2000s, and they exchanged vows in 2005, in a private ceremony in Colorado, attended by only the closest of their friends and family members; a couple of months later, Bridget gave birth to their daughter Kaitlin.
Bill had been married twice prior to meeting Bridget – to Joan Granlund from 1994 to 1995, and they have a son Wyatt together, and to Angela Browder Gauntt from 1996 to 2000.
As of May 2022, Bridget’s married to Bill Koch with whom she has daughter Kaitlin, and has a son Liam Timothy from her former relationship with Kevin Costner.
Hobbies and other interests
Bridget was physically highly active in her 20s and 30s, as she had multiple training sessions at the gym every week, and also followed a strict diet, mostly because it was important for her modelling career to stay in shape. It seems that she no longer works out nowadays.
She and her husband are both philanthropists, and have donated money to various charity organizations, as well as to several animal shelters; Bridget’s a supporter of the organization People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA).
She likes to travel, and has been all around the world for both work and pleasure; Bridget’s dream travel destination is Paris, France.
She enjoys watching movies in her spare time – her favorite actresses are Anne Hathaway and Meryl Streep, while a couple of her favorite films are “Les Miserables”, “The Bridges of Madison County”, and “The Devil Wears Prada”.
Age, height and net worth
Bridget is 60 years old. She has long brown hair and brown eyes, her height is 5ft 5ins (1.65m) and she weighs around 130lbs (60kgs).
As of May 2022, her net worth has been estimated at over $50,000, while her husband Bill’s net worth is estimated at nearly $2 billion.
Who is her husband Bill?
William Ingraham ‘Bill’ Koch was born in Wichita, Kansas USA, on 3 May 1940 – his zodiac sign is Taurus, and he holds American nationality. Besides being a businessman, Bill’s also a collector and sailor.
He was raised in Wichita alongside his twin brother David and their older brothers Frederick R. and Charles Koch, by their mother Mary Clementine (nee Robinson) and father Fred C. Koch, who was an American chemical engineer, and founder of the oil refinery company Koch Industries. Bill’s twin brother David was a businessman and political activist, their brother Frederick was a collector and philanthropist, while Charles is a billionaire businessman, with a net worth of close to $60 billion.
All four men were urged by their father to focus on their education while they were growing up, and Bill studied at the college preparatory boarding school Culver Academies.
He matriculated in 1958, and then enrolled at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), graduating with a Bachelor’s degree in 1962; Bill continued his education at MIT, graduating with a Master’s degree in 1964, and earned his Juris Doctorate degree two years later.
He began working at his family’s company in 1962, and with Frederick inherited stock in Koch Industries after their father had passed away; the four brothers eventually fought one another in court over the ownership of the company, settled only in 2001, after two decades.
Bill had previously quit working at Koch Industries, and founded his own company Oxbow Group; he’s today also a co-chairman at Alliance to Protect Nantucket Sound.
He’s an avid sailor and in 1992, Bill’s yacht America beat Italian challenger’s yacht Il Moro di Venezia for the America’s Cup; although he was an amateur, Bill still sailed together with his crew, which included several veteran sailors. He financed a team to compete in the 1995 America’s Cup, comprised only of women with the exception of tactician David Dellenbaugh; they lost to the yacht Stars & Stripes.
In 1993, Bill was inducted into the America’s Cup Hall of Fame, and then into the National Sailing Hall of Fame in 2018.
He’s a collector of wine and art, while his favorite is perhaps his maritime memorabilia collection, which could had been seen exhibited at a show held at the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, Massachusetts in 2005. Bill added to his collection a 130-year-old photo of American gunfighter and outlaw Billy the Kid in June 2011, which had cost him $2.3 million.
He also has a collection of military vehicles.