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Turkish Billionaires: Richest People In Turkey, 2019

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With an estimated net worth of $3.7 billion, Murat Ulker is the wealthiest person in Turkey, that’s according to CEOWORLD magazine’s Turkey Rich List Index For 2019. CEO of Yildiz Holding is the chairman of Yıldız Holding. The holding comprises of several companies such as world-famous chocolate brand Godiva, biscuit producer United Biscuits and U.S-based DeMet’s Candy Company.

The number two spot for Turkey was occupied by Erman Ilicak, the head of Turkish construction giant Rönesans Holding, with a net worth of $3.5 billion.

According to the financial publication’s annual listing, 2019 saw the total wealth of the top ten richest Turkish Billionaires hits a new record high of $22.6 billion. Semahat Sevim Arsel, Turkish conglomerate Koc Holding’s member of the board, is the third richest person in the country; her net worth stands at $2.1 billion.

To identify the wealthiest people in Turkey, CEOWORLD magazine reviewed numerous national and international media reports. Additional information about the billionaires came from Forbes global index, Bloomberg Billionaires Index, CEOWORLD magazine’s rich list index, and all estimated net worth figures are in U.S. dollars.

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Who Are Turkey’s Top Billionaires?

  1. Murat Ulker: $3.7 billion
  2. Erman Ilicak: $3.5 billion
  3. Semahat Sevim Arsel: $2.1 billion
  4. Ferit Faik Sahenk: $2 billion
  5. Hamdi Ulukaya: $2 billion
  6. Mustafa Rahmi Koc: $1.9 billion
  7. Husnu Ozyegin: $1.9 billion
  8. Filiz Sahenk: $1.9 billion
  9. Bulent Eczacibasi: $1.8 billion
  10. Melih Abdulhayoglu: $1.8 billion
  11. Faruk Eczacibasi: $1.8 billion
  12. Nihat Ozdemir: $1.7 billion
  13. Sezai Bacaksiz: $1.7 billion
  14. Suna Kirac: $1.7 billion
  15. Turgay Ciner: $1.5 billion
  16. Mehmet Aydinlar: $1.3 billion
  17. Ahmet Calik: $1.3 billion
  18. Murat Vargi: $1.2 billion
  19. Ayhan Tosyali: $1.2 billion
  20. Fatih Tosyali: $1.2 billion
  21. Fuat Tosyali: $1.2 billion
  22. Hamdi Akin: $1.1 billion
  23. Deniz Sahenk: $1.1 billion
  24. Mustafa Kucuk: $1.1 billion
  25. Mehmet Hattat: $1.1 billion
  26. Mehmet Nazif Gunal: $1.1 billion
  27. Fatma Tuba Yazici: $1 billion

Ferit Faik Sahenk and Hamdi Ulukaya rounded up the top five wealthiest people in Turkey with $1.2 billion each. Mustafa Rahmi Koc holds the 6th spot with a whopping net worth of $1.9 billion.


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Mindy Wright

Mindy Wright

Deputy Commissioning Editor
Mindy Wright is CEOWORLD magazine's Deputy Commissioning Editor, and leads global newsroom coverage and management. She oversees and coordinates coverage of the news and ideas in partnership with writers across the continent. She has reported from more than 15 countries across Asia, Europe, Africa and the Americas. She has advised CEOs, investors, boards, and high-profile industry leaders on a wide range of issues impacting the global business landscape. She can be reached on email mindy-wright@ceoworld.biz. You can follow her on Twitter at @ceoworld.