They manage billion dollar turnovers. Their massive investments provide employment for thousands of people in tens of companies. They play a leading role not just in the business community but also in social life. Some manage the most important economic institutions. Their common characteristic is that they are powerful, respected and influential... Mustafa Koç, Murat Ülker and Güler Sabancı share the top three places in this year’s list of the traditional “30 Most Influential Businesspeople”. Two new names have entered the list this year. Nihat Özdemir, Board Chair of Limak Holding, which has caught the eye recently through its growth, particularly its activities in privatization, is included in our list. Muharrem Yılmaz, the new head of TÜSİAD, is another of the new entrants in this year’s list.
1- MUSTAFA KOÇ
Chair Koç Holding
TL 84.8 billion TURNOVER 82,158 EMPLOYEES THE 217th LARGEST COMPANY IN THE WORLD
He has been managing the largest holding in Turkey, the 217th largest in the world, for ten years. Under his management, the holding has focused on sustainable growth and profitability. In eight years he has succeeded in raising the company 172 places from being the 389th largest company in the world in 2005. Its influence on the global stage is rising by the day.
2- MURAT ÜLKER
Chair Yıldız Holding
TL 12.4 billion TURNOVER 36,000 EMPLOYEES 55 FACTORIES IN 10 COUNTRIES
He has made Turkey's "biscuit giant” into a global power and the 11th largest producer in the world. He has caught the eye through his bold acquisition decisions and his inorganic growth strategy. He has transformed the holding he manages into a giant as both an employer and a producer, with 55 production plants and an army of 36,000 employees.
3- GÜLER SABANCI
Chair Sabancı Holding
TL 26 billion TURNOVER 57,556 EMPLOYEES 26 COMPANIES
She heads one of Turkey's giants. The holding has steadily preserved its current strength as a result of her strategy of focusing on sustainability. Her effective leadership and the respect with which she is regarded have resulted in her being named the second most powerful businesswoman in the world. Her appointment this year to the board of Siemens AG has provided further confirmation of her identity as a powerful leader.
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