Sakip Sabanci

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About Sakip Sabanci
Sakıp Sabancı (7 April 1933 – April 10, 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 second largest business conglomerate and 147th richest man on the Forbes list of the world's top billionaires in 2004. Sakıp Sabancı described himself as such: "I get angry when someone calls me only rich; I am happy with my social personality and my generosity."Sabancı 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 Sabancı Group among the world's top companies starting in the 1980s. Sabancı Holding controls 64 companies, which are involved in textiles, food, tourism, paper and packing, automotives, chemicals, tobacco, cement, insurance and banking. The Sabancı Group also has partnerships with some of the well-known multinational companies, such as Hilton Group, Bridgestone, Du Pont, Toyota, Philip Morris, Kraft Foods, Bekaert, Heidelberg Cement, IBM, BNP Paribas, Dresdner Bank, Carrefour and International Paper. His greatest contribution was to education in Turkey, and he founded the Sabancı 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 Atlı Köşk (The Equestrian Villa) at Bosporus in Emirgan, Istanbul, where he and his family lived for years and which was converted into the Sakıp Sabancı Museum in 2002. Already in 1974, Sabancı family also founded the charitable Vaksa foundation, which runs more than 100 health, education and cultural centers throughout Turkey. Sabancı was a humorous, folksy figure, who loved the media limelight and rejoiced in being known as "Sakıp Ağa". He died of kidney cancer at the age of 71. Sabancı was honored with an unusual state funeral and was laid to rest at the Zincirlikuyu Cemetery. He is survived by his wife, Türkan, his son Metin, two daughters Dilek and Sevil and a granddaughter Melissa.

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1. Sakip Sabanci 23872
2. Aziz Yıldırım 7690
3. Muhtar Kent 4914
4. Arzuhan Yalçındağ 3070
5. Vehbi Koç 2293
6. Ahmet Erturk 2175
7. Adnan Polat 1549
8. Aydın Doğan 1419
9. Temel Kotil 1261
10. Sabri Ülker 1143

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4. Mohamed Choucair 45479
5. Ermírio de Moraes 31491
6. Victor Civita 26670
7. Andres Sanchez 26666
8. Sakip Sabanci 23872
9. Henry Ford 23100
10. Viviane Senna 21768
11. Ramoji Rao 19508
12. Ion Tiriac 15970

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