Founder and Honorary Chairman

Aydın Doğan Aydın Doğan
Born in 1936 as a member of a well-known family in Kelkit, Aydin Dogan got his elementary and secondary school education in Kelkit and finished high-school in Erzincan. Between 1958-61, he attended Istanbul Economy and Commerce Academy where his leadership qualities were first recognized helping him to become the Student Community Leader.

In 1959, he got registered in Mecidiyekoy Tax Office and started his professional life trading construction equipment, as well as passenger and commercial vehicles.

Mr. Dogan founded his first industrial company in 1974 and joined both the Assembly and the Administrative Board of Istanbul Chamber of Commerce. In the years that followed, he served as a board member in the Union of Chambers and Commodity Exchanges of Turkey.

Mr. Dogan became a publisher with the acquisition of the daily newspaper Milliyet in 1979. With the addition of the prestigious daily newspaper Hürriyet in 1994, he intensified his presence in the media. Between 1986 and 1996, he served as the head of the Association of Turkish Newspaper Publishers. In 2004, Mr. Doğan became the first elected Turkish Deputy Chairperson of WAN - World Association of Newspapers.

In 1999, was awarded Turkey's Outstanding Service Medal by the Turkish Government. He received four honorary doctorates in 1999, 2000, 2001 and 2005 respectively from Girne American University, Eagean University, Baku State University and Marmara University.

He establlished Aydın Doğan Foundation in 1996, bringing the social, cultural, educational and scientific activities of the Doğan Group under the same umbrella. To date, numerous schools, dormitories, sports halls and parks have been built and named after him and family members. While mainly focusing on education, the Foundation is also involved in organizing national and international conferences, conventions and seminars on economic, social, cultural and scientific issues. As part of its social and cultural activities, the Foundation also conducts national and international competitions and awards prizes, such as the Aydın Doğan Award and the Aydın Doğan International Cartoon Competition, the world's largest and most respected in this field.

Since 1977, Mr. Dogan has been the top taxpayer registered with the Istanbul Chamber of Commerce several times. Out of this company founded with three employees in 1961, he created one of Turkey's top three largest conglomerates with over 20,000 employees.

Mr. Doğan is married with four children and eight grandchildren.
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