Posted on 14 February 2011
Turkish billionaires put mark on Forbes list
Emin Karamehmet, with $2.9 billion and Sarik Tara, at $2.6 billion.
Turkey has made a remarkable advance, according to Steve Forbes, who spoke at a press conference in New York on Wednesday. “Compared to last year, only seven Middle Eastern billionaires were added to the list, rising the overall number for the region to 65,” Forbes said. “The real success here belongs to Turkey, whose number of billionaires rose to 28,” the daily Hürriyet quoted him as saying.
Speaking at the conference, Forbes senior editor Luisa Kroll echoed Forbes’ positive comments regarding Turkey. “While its region was deep in depression, Turkey showed an amazing performance. It was a successful return to [the performance of] 2008, which was one of the best years for the Turkish economy.”
Rich and mysterious
Two Turkish figures on the list are a mystery to the Turkish public, however. Mehmet Rüstü Basaran, 773rd on the global list, is worth $1.3 billion, while Mustafa Latif Topbas ranked 937th with $1 billion.
Basaran leads the Habas Group, a leading gas company which also has interests in steel and banking.
Topbas, whose net worth was $500 million last year, is the biggest shareholder of BIM, a fast-growing supermarket chain. He has a 17.98 percent share in the chain, which has 2,665 supermarkets in Turkey and a market value of 5.3 billion Turkish Liras. Topbas is so unknown to the public that Forbes could not find a photo of him to publish, Hürriyet reported.
316- Hüsnü Özyegin ($3 billion, Fiba Holding)
342- Mehmet Emin Karamehmet ($2.9 billion, Cukurova Holding)
367- Sarik Tara ($2.6 billion, Enka Insaat)
463- Ferit Sahenk ($2.1 billion, Dogus Holding)
463- Murat Ülker ($2.1 billion, Yildiz Holding)
488- Ali Ibrahim Agaoglu ($2 billion, Agaoglu Holding)
488- Erman Ilicak ($2 billion, Rönesans Construction)
488- Filiz Sahenk ($2 billion, Dogus Holding)
582- Semahat Arsel ($1.7 billion, Koç Holding)
616- Rahmi Koç ($1.6 billion, Koç Holding)
655- Ahmet Nazif Zorlu ($1.5 billion, Zorlu Holding)
721- Kamil Yazici ($1.4 billion, Yazici Holding)
721- Suna Kiraç ($1.4 billion, Koç Holding)
773- Mehmet Rüstü Basaran ($1.3 billion, Habas)
773- Bülent Eczacibasi ($1.3 billion, Eczacibasi Holding)
773- Tuncay Özilhan ($1.3 billion, Anadolu Endüstri Holding)
828- Faruk Eczacibasi ($1.2 billion, Eczacibasi Holding)
828- Mehmet Sinan Tara ($1.2 billion, Enka Construction)
880- Ahsen Özokur ($1.1 billion, Yildiz Holding)
880- Mübariz Gürbanoglu ($1.1 billion, Palmali Maritime)
937- Ahmet Çalik ($1 billion, Çalik Holding)
937- Turgay Ciner ($1 billion, Park Holding)
937- Aydin Dogan ($1 billion, Dogan Holding)
937- Suzan Sabanci Dinçer ($1 billion, Sabanci Holding)
937- Sevket Sabanci ($1 billion, Sabanci Holding)
937- Deniz Sahenk ($1 billion, Dogus Holding)
937- Mustafa Latif Topbas ($1 billion, BIM)
937- Murat Vargi ($1 billion, MV Holding)
12 March 2010 – Source Hurriyet Daily News