29 May 1969 |
|Occupation||sport journalist, television personality and producer|
|Years active||1993 – present|
|Net worth||$100 million|
|Spouse(s)||Seda Ilıcalı (m. 1988–1993)
Zeynep Ilıcalı (m. 2003)
|Website||http://www.acunmedya.com & http://www.acunn.com|
Acun Ilıcalı was born in May 29, 1969 in Edirne to a family, which originated from Ilıca, Erzurum. He completed his basic education in Edirne. He went to high school in İstanbul at Kadıköy Maarif College and Anatolian High School. He enrolled in Istanbul University but he dropped out and started working at an early age.
Ilıcalı started his business life by founding a small clothing shop on Bağdat Caddesi . The things did not work as he expected so at the age of 21, the shop went bankrupt. After that disappointing first experience, he started to work as a reporter at Show TV. After working several years there, Ilıcalı has created his production company in 2004 and his company became one of the most successful companies of Turkey. In late 2013, he expanded his investments by acquiring television channel TV8.
Ilıcalı has been married twice, and has four children. He lost his parents just after his first child Banu was born, and got divorced from his first wife. During the trial of his divorce with his second wife due to his alleged infidelity, his wealth was revealed as around 50 million Turkish Lira which was equivalent to 25 million Euros by the time. Later he reconciled with his wife and the divorce was stopped. He has been married to Zeynep Ilıcali since 2003 and they have two daughters named Leyla and Yasemin. They divorces in 2013. In late 2013, he had his fourth child Melisa from his girlfriend Hande Subasi.
Ilıcalı started his career in television as a sports reporter, and got promoted due to his success. After years of experience, he started his own show in which he travelled around the world. The show had such a great success that enabled him to be known nationwide. The show was the first product of his company Acun Medya. Ilıcalı became both host and producer of the shows.
The company broadcast television shows such as O Ses Türkiye (Turkish version of The Voice), Yetenek Sizsiniz Türkiye (Turkish version of the Got Talent series), Survivor, Var mısın? Yok musun? (Turkish version of Deal or No Deal) and Yok Böyle Dans (Turkish version of Dancing with the Stars).
He has also done acting in the comedy series Avrupa Yakası and many cinema films. According "celebritynetworth," Ilicali has a net worth of $100 million which is approximately equivalent to ₺265 million.
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