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Erdoğan Demirören

Erdoğan Demirören

Born in 1938 in Bursa, Erdoğan Demirören is a middle school graduate (from Saint Benoît in Istanbul). Demirören family's wealth is estimated to be around $ 1-1,5 billion, acquired mostly from mining, energy and construction. Erdoğan Demirören was the majority shareholder of the conglomerate 'Demirören Holding A.Ş.' which already published Milliyet and Vatan newspapers. 

The recordings of alleged phone conversations between Demirören and then Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan were leaked in May 2014, in which the Prime Minister scolds Demirören for a news story, asking for those responsible to be fired, and Demirören is heard crying. He attended President Erdoğan's daughter's wedding on May 2016.

Erdoğan Demirören has purchased all media assets of Doğan Group, and now has five newspaper, including the website of now-closed Vatan newspaper, Milliyet, Hürriyet, Posta newspapers and Fanatik daily and their websites; CNN Turk and Kanal D TV channels in March 2018.

Erdoğan Demirören died on June 8, 2018. After his death, his son Yıldırım Demirören was elected as the chairman of board of directors, Demirören Holding.



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In the Board of Directors of these companies: * Energy, Mining, Gas and Oil (Total Oil Türki̇ye Anoni̇m Şi̇rketi̇, Demi̇rören EGL Gaz Toptan Ti̇caret Anoni̇m Şi̇rketi̇, Axpo Turkey Enerji̇ Anoni̇m Şi̇rketi̇, Mi̇langaz Petrol Ti̇caret ve Sanayi̇ Anoni̇m Şi̇rketi̇, Demi̇rören Jeotermal Enerji̇ Sanayi̇ ve Ti̇caret Anoni̇m Şi̇rketi̇, Kaan Akaryakıt Sanayi̇ ve Ti̇caret Anoni̇m Şi̇rketi̇, Makro Enerji̇ Yatırım ve Yöneti̇m Anoni̇m Şi̇rketi̇, KG Madenci̇li̇k Turi̇zm İnşaat Sanayi̇ ve Ti̇caret Anoni̇m Şi̇rketi̇, Gk Madenci̇li̇k Nakli̇yat Sanayi̇ ve Ti̇caret Anoni̇m Şi̇rketi̇, Mi̇lan Petrol Sanayi̇ ve Ti̇caret Anoni̇m Şi̇rketi̇, D Mermer Sanayi̇ Anoni̇m Şi̇rketi̇, Demi̇rören Enerji̇ Madenci̇li̇k Sanayi̇ ve Ti̇caret Anoni̇m Şi̇rketi̇, Li̇ki̇tgaz Dağıtım ve Endüstri̇ Anoni̇m Şi̇rketi̇, Mi̇langaz LPG Dağıtım Ti̇caret ve Sanayi̇ Anoni̇m Şi̇rketi̇, Güneş Gaz Uluslararası Nakli̇yat Ti̇caret ve Sanayi̇ Anoni̇m Şi̇rketi̇) * Construction and Property Development (Taksi̇m Gayri̇menkul Yatırımı Geli̇şti̇rme ve İşletmeci̇li̇k Anoni̇m Şi̇rketi̇) * Education (Ata Eği̇ti̇m Ti̇caret Anoni̇m Şi̇rketi̇) * Tourism (Su-tur Sun Turi̇zm Sanayi̇ Anoni̇m Şi̇rketi̇) * Manufacturing (Demi̇rören Ağır Metal Sanayi̇ Anoni̇m Şi̇rketi̇) * Insurance (İstanbul Umum Si̇gorta Anoni̇m Şi̇rketi̇)

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Yıldırım Demirören, son of Erdoğan Demirören, is now as the chairman of board of directors
Meltem Oktay, daughter of Erdoğan Demirören, vice chairwoman.
Fikret Tayfun Demirören, son of Erdoğan Demiröre, sits on the board of directors.

Further Information


(07.03.2014) New leaked tape reveals PM Erdoğan reducing media boss to tears over report. Hurriyet Daily News. Retrieved in October 2016 from:

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ownership data is easily available from other sources, e. g. public registries etc.

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The names and shares of family members can be found at the Trade Registry Gazette.

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