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Sakip Sabanci

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Cause of death  Kidney cancer
Organization  Sabanci Holding
Role  Tycoon
Nationality  Turkish
Name  Sakip Sabanci

Born  7 April 1933 (1933-04-07) Akcakaya village, Kayseri Province
Resting place  Zincirlikuyu Cemetery, Istanbul
Notable work  Haci Omer Sabanci Foundation, Sabanci Holding, Sabanci University, and Sakip Sabanci Museum
Parent(s)  Haci Omer Sabanci, Sadika Sabanci
Died  April 10, 2004, Istanbul, Turkey
Spouse  Turkan Sabanci (m. ?–2004)
Books  Success is now in the lion's mouth, My life from where I left off
Children  Sevil Sabanci, Metin Sabanci, Dilek Sabanci
Siblings  Ozdemir Sabanci, Haci Sabanci, Sevket Sabanci, Erol Sabanci, Ihsan Sabanci
Similar People  Haci Omer Sabanci, Guler Sabanci, Sevil Sabanci, Ozdemir Sabanci, Vehbi Koc

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Sakip Sabanci (7 April 1933 – 10 April 2004) was a prominent Turkish business tycoon and philanthropist.


Born as the second son of a cotton trader, he worked in all the ranks of his father's business without completing high school. He was the head of Turkey's largest business conglomerate and 147th richest man on the Forbes list of the world's top billionaires in 2004. Sakip Sabanci described himself as such: "I get angry when someone calls me only rich; I am happy with my social personality and my generosity."

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Sabanci was among the most colorful personalities in the Turkish business world. After taking over the family business, with his energy, initiative and courage alongside the assistance of his brothers, he carried the Sabanci Group among the world's top companies starting in the 1980s. In fact, from its very beginning Sakip Sabanci, and his brothers engaged in international business. The first business relations that Sakip Sabanci had with other firms started with his father, Haci Omer Sabanci, who exported cotton from Adana and needed machinery to create finished goods. Sabanci had textile goods sent to both Italy and Germany for printing in the 1970s. Sakip Sabanci developed many international business contacts through his work with trade delegations sent from Turkey to other countries such as the United States.

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Today, the Sabanci Group of Companies operates in eighteen different countries. The organization also markets its products in many regions of the world including North and South America, North Africa, the Middle East and Europe. The Sabanci Group retains its strong reputation and image that was mostly established by Sakip Sabanci, and has continued to engage in numerous joint ventures as a means of extending its operations on a global level. Currently, Sabanci Holding controls more than 60 companies, which are involved in textiles, tourism, automotives, chemicals, tobacco, cement, insurance and banking. The group also has partnerships with some of the well-known multinational companies, such as Hilton Group, Bridgestone, Du Pont, Philip Morris, Bekaert, Heidelberg Cement, IBM, BNP Paribas, Dresdner Bank, Carrefour and International Paper. Sabanci Holding, and ten other companies within the group are listed on the Istanbul Stock Exchange. In 2011, the consolidated revenue of the company was $13.4 billion. The Sabanci Family is the majority shareholders of Sabanci Holdings with a 60.6% share of the firm.

Some of Sakip Sabanci’s greatest contributions were to education and arts in Turkey. Sabanci family founded the charitable Sabanci foundation in 1974, which runs more than 120 health, education and cultural centers throughout Turkey. Sakip Sabanci founded the Sabanci University in 1999. His collections of more than 320 Ottoman and Turkish paintings, statues and more than 400 examples of Ottoman calligraphy are exhibited at Atli Kosk (The Equestrian Villa) at Bosporus in Emirgan, Istanbul, where he and his family lived for years, and which was converted into the Sakip Sabanci Museum in 2002.

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Sabanci was a humorous, folksy figure, who loved the media limelight and rejoiced in being known as "Sakip Aga".

He died of kidney cancer at the age of 71. Sabanci was honored with an unusual state funeral and was laid to rest at the Zincirlikuyu Cemetery. He is survived by his wife, Turkan, his son Metin, two daughters Dilek and Sevil and a granddaughter Melissa.

Honorary doctorates

Sabanci received honorary doctorates from following Turkish and American universities:

  • 1984 Anadolu Universitesi, Eskisehir
  • 1986 University of New Hampshire, New Hampshire, USA
  • 1992 Yildiz Universitesi, Istanbul
  • 1993 Erciyes Universitesi, Kayseri
  • 1997 18 Mart Universitesi, Canakkale
  • 1998 Southeastern University, Washington D.C., USA
  • 1999 Cukurova Universitesi, Adana
  • 2002 Kirikkale Universitesi, Kirikkale
  • Awards

    He was awarded by various national and international institutions as listed below:

  • 1979 "Golden Mercury Award" given to successful businessmen.
  • 1987 Belgian "Ordre de Leopold II, Commander Class" by Belgian Prince Albert (now King Albert II of Belgium).
  • 1992 Japanese "Order of the Sacred Treasure, Golden and Silver Star" from the Japanese Government.
  • 1997 Turkish "State Medal of Distinguished Service" by the Turkish President Suleyman Demirel.
  • 1997 "European Chrystal World Award" from the European Institute for Economy in Zurich, Switzerland.
  • 1999 "Businessman of the Year Award" by the FABSIT (Friends of American Board Schools in Turkey) Foundation in New York, USA.
  • 1999 Turkish "Grand Prize of Culture and Arts" from the Ministry of Culture of the Turkish Republic.
  • 2001 Turkish "Industry Technology and Quality Award" by the GYTE (Gebze Institute for High Technology).
  • 2001 French "Legion d'honneur" from President Jacques Chirac for his contributions to the Franco-Turkish relationships in culture and business.
  • Books

    He wrote books mostly on his experience in business life. Some of them are translated into English and Japanese language. The royalties from his books are being donated to Darulaceze (Almshouse) and Turkiye Spastik Cocuklar Vakfi (Turkey Foundation for Spastic Children).

    1. Iste Hayatim (This is my life), 1985
    2. Para Basarinin Mukafatidir (Money is the reward of success), 1985
    3. This is my life (English) 1988
    4. Gonul Galerimden (From the galleria of my hearth), 1988
    5. Rusya'dan Amerika'ya (From Russia to America), 1989
    6. Ucret Pazarligi mi ? - Koyun Pazarligi mi ? (Is it wage bargain or sheep bargain ?), 1990
    7. Degisen ve Gelisen Turkiye (Turkey, Changing and Developing), 1991
    8. Daha Fazla Is Daha Fazla As (More work, more food), 1993
    9. Dogu Anadolu Raporu (Eastern Anatolian report), 1995
    10. Basari Simdi Aslanin Agzinda (Success is now in the lion's mouth), 1998
    11. Iste Hayatim (Japanese), 2000
    12. Hayat Bazen Tatlidir (Life is sometimes sweet), 2001
    13. Sakipname (Dedicated to Sakip), 2002
    14. ...biraktigim yerden Hayatim; (My life from where I left off), 445 pp, ISBN 975-293-181-2.
    15. Her Seyin Basi Saglik; (Health first) 176 pp, ISBN 975-293-217-7.


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