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Turkey’s 100 wealthiest people revealed

Murat Ulker, head of Turkey's largest food producer, remains country's richest person with $3.7 billion fortune

02.03.2017
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ISTANBUL

Turkey's 100 richest people have seen their wealth rise significantly over the last year, according to the Turkish edition of Forbes magazine.

The richest people in Turkey increased their total wealth by $8.2 billion, according to the Forbes Turkey 2017 list of wealthiest people revealed on Thursday.

Murat Ulker, chairman of Turkey's largest food producer Yildiz Holding, remains the richest person in the country with a fortune of $3.7 billion.

Ulker was also Turkey’s wealthiest person in 2015 and 2016.

He increased his fortune by 27.5 percent compared to 2016. His fortune was evaluated at $2.9 billion in 2016 and $4.4 billion in 2015.

Overall, the 100 richest people have an accumulated wealth of $102.9 billion. This figure was $94.7 billion in 2016 and $100.4 billion in 2015.

Fiba Holding boss, Husnu Ozyegin, is second with a $3 billion fortune.

Semahat Sevim Arsel, Koc Holding's member of board and Sarik Tara, honorary president of Turkish construction company ENKA, were third with $2.4 billion.

There are 31 dollar billionaires on the list, with nine new inclusions from the 2016 list.

There are 24 women featured in the list, an increase from 21 last year. Women hold 19.3 percent of total wealth of the 100 richest people in Turkey.

Names of the richest 100 Turks by Forbes are as follows:

RankNameCompanyWealth in 2017
(US$-million)
1Murat UlkerYildiz Holding3,700
2Husnu OzyeginFiba Holding3,000
3Semahat ArselKoc Holding2,400
3Sarik TaraEnka Insaat2,400
5Erman IlicakRonesans Holding2,300
6Rahmi KocKoc Holding2,200
7Ferit ŞahenkDogus Holding2,100
8Osman KibarSamumed2,000
8Suna KıracKoc Holding2,000
10Filiz SahenkDogus Holding1,900
10Mustafa KucukLC Waikiki1,900
12Hamdi UlukayaChobani 1,700
12Suat GunselYakin Dogu Universitesi1,700
14Mehmet Nazif GunalMNG Holding1,600
14Nihat OzdemirLimak Holding1,600
14Sezai BacaksizLimak Holding1,600
14Turgay CinerPark Holding1,600
18Bulent EczacibasiEczacibasi Holding1,500
18Faruk EczacibasiEczacibasi Holding1,500
20Ahmet CalikCalik Holding1,400
21Ahmet Nazif ZorluZorlu Holding1,300
22Mehmet Ali AydinlarAcibadem1,200
22Sinan TaraEnka Insaat1,200
22Sefik Yilmaz DizdarLC Waikiki1,200
25Deniz SahenkDogus Holding1,100
25Mehmet Rustu BasaranHabas1,100
27Ali AgaogluAgaoglu Insaat1,000
27Fatma Tuba YaziciDiler Holding1,000
27Hamdi AkinAkfen Holding1,000
27Murat VargiMV Holding1,000
27Mustafa Latif TopbasBim1,000

Reporting by Sumeyye Dalkilinc; Writing by Dilara Zengin

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