Ehsan Bayat (born 1963) is an Afghan business entrepreneur from the New York metropolitan area. He is originally from Ghazni. He is an ethnic Turkmen from the Oghuz Turkic Bayat Tribe, and his family belongs to the Qizilbash community of Afghanistan. In 1979 or 1980, he went to the United States and obtained a bachelor's degree in engineering from the New Jersey Institute of Technology. His family was influential in the commercial section of Afghanistan. After the fall of the Taliban regime he came back to his country and founded Afghan Wireless Communication Company and Bayat Foundation, the latter of which played a crucial role on opening the Ariana Television Network, that has large audiences not only in Afghanistan but also among Afghan refugees in Pakistan.
In January 2009 an article by Ahmad Majidyar of the American Enterprise Institute included Bayat on a list of fifteen possible candidates in the 2009 Afghan presidential election. He is one of the richest persons of Afghan origin and is unofficially regarded to be a billionaire.
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With a bachelor of science in engineering technology from the New Jersey Institute of Technology, Bayat is the founder of Wireless Communication Company, the Bayat Foundation, and Ariana Television Network in Afghanistan. An ethnic Turkmen from Kabul, the business tycoon is popular for his charitable work throughout the country. He is rumored to challenge Karzai in the coming vote. However, Bayat lacks popularity among Pashtuns.
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