Mehmet Omer Koç
Mehmet Ömer Koç
|Born||24 March 1962|
|Education||Columbia Business School|
|Alma mater||Columbia College|
|Known for||Chairman of Koç Holding and TÜPRAŞ|
|Net worth||US$1.1bn (March 2013)|
|Parent(s)||Rahmi Koç (father)|
|Relatives||Vehbi Koç (grandfather) |
Mustafa Vehbi Koç (brother)
Ali Koç (brother)
Mehmet Ömer Koç (born March 24, 1962) is a Turkish businessman, art collector, and chairman of Koç Holding. In 2013, Forbes ranked him as No.1268 richest person in the world with a net worth of $1.1 billion.
He graduated from the exclusive Robert College in Istanbul, studied at Georgetown University before graduating from Columbia College in 1985 with a bachelor's degree in Ancient Greek. He obtained his MBA from Columbia Business School in 1989.
Koç began his business career working at Kofisa Trading Company in Geneva, Switzerland. He joined the family business in 1992 as a finance coordinator and served as vice president and president of the Energy Group. He became a member of the Board of Directors in 2004 and Vice Chairman in 2008.
Shortly after his brother, Mustafa Vehbi Koç, passed away after a heart attack in 2016, Koç was elected chairman of Koç Holding, Turkey's largest company, in 2016. The company's output contributes nearly 10 percent of Turkey’s total GDP and is the only Turkish company on the Fortune 500 list.
He also serves as the chairman of Tüpraş, the largest oil refiner and industrial company in the country. He is also chairman of the board of trustees of Koç University, frequently ranked among the best universities in Turkey.
Not much of Koç's personal life is known as he shies away from the public and media. He lives in London and is known for his fondness for both contemporary and classical art. He is a sponsor of the Istanbul Biennial and Turkey's pavilion at the Venice Biennale. He established the nonprofit art space Arter in 2010. For his sponsorship of Turkey's contemporary art scene, he was named by ArtReview as of the "100 Most influential people in 2016 in the contemporary artworld."
He also maintains an interest in Ottoman art and owns large Iznik pottery collection. He is reported to possess the finest private collection of objects and books about Ottoman history in the world.
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