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Hürriyet was founded by Sedat Simavi in 1948. It was sold to Aydın Doğan in 1994. It is one of the major newspapers in Turkey.

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Active Transparency

company/channel informs proactively and comprehensively about its ownership, data is constantly updated and easily verifiable

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Media Companies / Groups

Doğan Group


Ownership Structure


Voting Rights

According to Article 434 of Turkish Commercial Code, shareholders in corporations ('Anonim Şirket’) use their voting rights in proportion with their shares’ nominal value. Each shareholder has at least one vote, however voting rights might be limited, or given more weight with articles of association. Moreover, public companies may issue shares without voting rights according to Article 14/A of Capital Markets Law.

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General Information

Founding Year



Sedat Simavi

Affiliated Interests Founder

Sedat Simavi was born in 1896. He founded Hürriyet on May 1, 1948. He was also among the founders of
Turkish Journalists' Association (TGC). In 1953, his sons Haldun Simavi and Erol Simavi acceded to the management of Hürriyet after his death.


Vuslat Doğan Sabancı

Affiliated Interests Ceo

Vuslat Doğan Sabancı is CEO of Hürriyet Gazetecilik ve Matbaacılık A.Ş. and board member of Adilbey Holding A.Ş. and Doğan Holding A.Ş. She graduated from Bilkent University, Department of Economics and received her Master’s degree from Columbia University in New York, in the field of International Media and Communications. Vuslat Doğan Sabancı joined Hürriyet in 1996 as a Vice President in charge of advertisements and promoted to the position of Marketing Operations Group Vice President. Her responsibilities in Hürriyet included marketing, sales, human resources and information technologies (IT). She was the Chairwoman of the Executive Board of Doğan Holding between 2004 and 2010.


Sedat Ergin

Affiliated Interests Editor-In-Chief

Sedat Ergin was appointed as Hürriyet’s Washington representative in 1987 and the newspaper’s Ankara representative in 1993. Between 2005 and 2009, he was Milliyet’s editor-in-chief. Ergin then returned to write his regular column in Hürriyet in 2009. He became the editor-in-chief of Hürriyet in 2014.

Other Important People

Soner Gedik, Çağlar Göğüş, Ahmet Toksoy, Ahmet Özer, Ahmet Nafi Dalman, Kai Georg Diekmann, Gündüz Kösemen, Béatrice de Clermont Tonnerre

Affiliated Interests other important people

Soner Gedik is the executive director of Doğan Holding. He started working with Hürriyet Holding A.Ş. as the Head of the Audit Group. He was Member of the Board and Vice Chairman of Hürriyet Gazetecilik ve Matbaacılık A.Ş. between 1989 and 1998. He played a key role in the initial public offering of Doğan Yayın Holding in 1998. He served as CFO and Vice Chairman.


Address: 100. Yıl Mahallesi, Matbaacılar Caddesi No:78 34204 Bağcılar / İstanbul - Phone: 0212 677 00 00 - Website:

Financial Information

Revenue (in Mill. $)

202 Mio. $ / 596 Mio. TL

Operating Profit (in Mill. $)

48,600,645 TL / 16,475,354 USD

Advertising (in % of total funding)

383.394.802 TL / 129,968,752 USD

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Further Information


(05.03.2009) Aydın Doğan: ‘Başbakan bana Abi derdi’. Milliyet. Retrieved in October 2016 from:

Meta Data

Detailed information on the finances and ownership of the media outlet can easily be found on the official website, because the holding is publicly traded.


The official website of Dogan Group. Retrieved on 26 August 2016 from:

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