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 is the majority shareholder of the conglomerate 'Demirören Holding A.Ş.' which holds the majority shares of the companies that publish 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 in May 2016.
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)
(07.03.2014) New leaked tape reveals PM Erdoğan reducing media boss to tears over report. Hurriyet Daily News. Retrieved in October 2016 from: http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/new-leaked-tape-reveals-pm-erdogan-reducing-media-boss-to-tears-over-report.aspx?pageID=238&nID=63338&NewsCatID=338
(1.09.2015) Turkey: Total Sells Its Retail Network Assets to Demirören for €325 Million. Press Release – Total. Retrieved in October 2016 from: http://www.total.com/en/media/news/press-releases/turkey-total-sells-its-retail-network-assets-demiroren-eu325-million
The websites for daily Milliyet and Vatan clearly indicate Demirören group as the owner. The names and shares of family members can be found at the Trade Registry Gazette.
Turkish Trade Registry Gazette. The Union of Chambers and Commodity Exchanges of Turkey. Retrieved in August 26, 2016 from http://www.ticaretsicil.gov.tr/english/
(22.03.2013) Erdoğan: Demirören bana sordu, Akif Beki'yi al dedim! Retrieved on October 23, 2016, from http://t24.com.tr/haber/erdogan-demiroren-bana-sordu-akif-beyi-al-dedim,226209
(06.03.2014) Erdoğan fırçaladı, Demirören ağladı. Retrieved on October 23, 2016, from http://www.cumhuriyet.com.tr/haber/turkiye/48011/Erdogan_fircaladi__Demiroren_agladi.html
İnan, M., & Balkan, A. (2016, May 15). 6 bin davetliyle yılın nikâhı. Retrieved on October 23, 2016, from http://www.cumhuriyet.com.tr/haber/turkiye/48011/Erdogan_fircaladi__Demiroren_agladi.html
Bu düğüne İstanbul şahit. (2003, December 22). Retrieved on October 23, 2016, from http://arsiv.sabah.com.tr/2003/12/22/gny102.html
Fatih Saraç'tan Başbakan'a: Kendimle ilgili gereğini yapacağım! (2014, March 15). Retrieved on October 23, 2016, from http://t24.com.tr/haber/fatih-saractan-basbakana-kendimle-ilgili-geregini-yapacagim,253481