Doğuş Group

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Doğuş Group
FounderAyhan Şahenk
Key people
RevenueIncrease₺19.3 billion (2019)
Decrease₺-2.9 billion (2019)
Total assetsIncrease₺39.6 billion (2019)
Number of employees

Doğuş Holding A.Ş. (Doğuş Group) is one of the largest private-sector conglomerates in Turkey, with a portfolio of 250 companies in 7 industries, including high-end car dealerships, retail stores, restaurants, cafes, construction companies, radio stations, TV channels and tourism businesses. The group used to own one of Turkey's largest private banks, Garanti, now part of BBVA.


Its foundations were originally laid in 1951 when Ayhan Şahenk made his first investments in the construction sector and transformed Doğuş Construction into a leading builder of Turkish roads, ports and hospitals. Doğuş Construction was founded June 17, 1966, the same year Antur Tourism was founded and Club Alantur in Alanya was acquired. He diversified into banking in the late 1970s. While Turkey evolved from a state-controlled economy toward market capitalism in the 1980s, he branched into importing and joint ventures in automotive, tourism and food, with giants like Volkswagen, Sheraton Hotels and Resorts, and ConAgra.

In 1989 Ayhan Şahenk's son, Ferit Şahenk, returned to Istanbul. His father sent him to apprentice at Garanti Bank (now Garanti BBVA). After eight years, he moved to the holding company and has kept adding pieces. Beginning in 1998 he acquired two food retail chains and operated NTV, funding the expansion by selling part of the group's Garanti Bank to the public. Understanding that top talent is essential to running a diverse group, he also created a recruitment division, Humanitas. In 1999, annual revenue of Doğuş Group hit US$5.7 billion.[1]

In April 2001, Ferit took over Doğuş after his father Ayhan Şahenk died at the age of 72. He relinquished some control of the Garanti Bank, selling a quarter of the country's third largest bank to General Electric for $1.6 billion in 2004, which was regarded as an important step towards greater liberalization in the Turkish banking sector, which had been severely affected by the 2001 economic crisis. He also runs Turkish media properties capturing more than 10 percent of country's advertising market.[2]

Characteristics and structure[edit]

The Doğuş Group is active in more than 5 sectors, including finance, automotive, construction, tourism and media.

With over 35,000 employees serving more than 5 million customers, the Group's objective is to use human resources and its superior technological capital to create brand value that will ensure customer loyalty and regional growth through global cooperation.[citation needed]

In 2018, in the course of the Turkish currency and debt crisis, 2018, the group asked its lenders for a debt restructuring. Doğuş’ outstanding loans stood at the equivalent of TRY 23.5 billion (US$5.81 billion) at the end 2017, up 11 percent from the year before.[3]In the wake of the crisis, Doğuş began to sell some assets. In September 2019, the company sold 65% of MB92, the world's leader in refit and maintenance services for superyachts, to Squircle Capital[4] and, in January 2020, CVC Capital Partners agreed to acquire the Greek, Croatian and the UAE businesses of D-Marin, a leading operator of premium yacht marinas in the Mediterranean and United Arab Emirates (UAE) owned by Doğuş.[5]

Projects and interests[edit]

Doğuş Group are some of the major financial backers of the İstanbul Modern, alongside the Eczacıbaşı group,[6] and the Nusr-Et steakhouses, made famous by their chef Nusret Gökçe (known for the Internet meme Salt Bae).[7] By 2020, Doğuş Group had planned to construct Galataport, a cruise ship port in Karaköy, Istanbul, in a joint venture with Bilgili Holding.[8]

List of Group Companies[edit]



  • Doğuş Construction
  • Teknik Engineering and Consultancy

Real estate[edit]

  • Doğuş REIT
  • Doğuş Real Estate


  • D-Hotels & Resorts
    • D-Resort Sibenik
    • D-Resort Göcek
    • Murat Reis Ayvalık
    • Grand Hyatt İstanbul
    • Maçakızı Bodrum
    • Soho House İstanbul
  • Mytha Hotel Anthology
    • Aldrovandi Villa Borghese
    • Argos In Cappadocia
    • Villa Dubrovnik
    • D-Maris Bay
  • Antur Tourism
  • D-Saat
    • Hublot
    • Arnold & Son
    • HYT
    • Döttling
    • Bell & Ross
    • Quadran
    • Breitling
    • Messika
    • Vacheron Constantin
  • D-Gym
  • Körfez Havacılık


  • D Enerji Üretim ve Yatırım A.Ş.
  • Boyabat Elektrik Üretim ve Ticaret A.Ş.
  • Doğuş Enerji Üretim ve Ticaret. A.Ş. (Artvin HES)
  • Aslancık Elektrik Üretim A.Ş.
  • Doğuş Enerji Toptan Elektrik Ticaret A.Ş.


  • Television Channels
    • NTV
    • Star
    • Euro Star
  • Radio Stations
    • NTV Radyo
    • Kral FM
    • Kral Pop Radyo

Food & Beverage[edit]

  • D-ream
    • Adile Sultan Sarayı Kandilli
    • Borsa Restaurant
    • Coya Restaurant
    • Çubuklu 29
    • D.ream Akademi
    • Da Mario Ristorante
    • Delimonti
    • eat.stop
    • Fenix İstanbul
    • Gina
    • Günaydın Et
    • Günaydın Handmade Burger
    • Günaydın Steak House
    • Günaydın Köfte & Döner
    • Kebapçı Etiler
    • Kitchenette
    • Kilimanjaro
    • Kiva
    • La Petite Maison
    • Lacivert Bar & Restaurant
    • Masa
    • Mezzaluna
    • Monochrome
    • Nusr.Et Burger
    • Nusr.Et Steak House
    • Oblix
    • Parlé
    • The Populist
    • Roka
    • Sait
    • Sele
    • Tom's Kitchen
    • Ulus 29
    • Vogue
    • Zuma
    • Rüya
    • Dolce
    • El Paraguas
    • Amazónico
    • Ten Con Ten
    • Quintin Bar & Restaurante
    • Numa Pompilio
    • Angie
    • La Vina
    • Bar Des Pres

New Investments[edit]

  • Galataport Port Management and Investments
  • DGSK
  • Doğuş Müşteri Sistemleri
  • Doğuş Teknoloji
  • Pozitif Live
  • Reidin
  • Related Marketing Cloud
  • TDB Sigorta Brokerlik A.Ş.
  • TDB Kalibrasyon Hizmetleri A.Ş.
  • Zingat


  • Capritouch
  • In4Out
  • In-Formal
  • Loro Piana
  • Gucci
  • Orlebar Brown
  • Under Armour
  • Kiko Milano
  • Eleventy


  1. ^ Juliette Rossant, Born Again Turk, Forbes July 3, 2000
  2. ^ Forbes List of Billionaires 2006
  3. ^ "Turkey's Dogus in talks with banks on debt restructuring". Reuters. 7 April 2018.
  4. ^ "Squircle Capital acquires superyacht refit, repair and maintenance group MB92". Private Equity Wire. 26 September 2019.
  5. ^ "CVC Fund VII to acquire D-Marin's businesses in Greece, Croatia and the UAE". CVC Capital Partners. 16 January 2020.
  6. ^ "Famed Istanbul modern art museum enters new era". France24. 8 April 2018. Retrieved 29 July 2020.
  7. ^ "Debt Is Piling Up for Owner of Salt Bae Steakhouse". Bloomberg. 21 March 2019. Retrieved 29 July 2020.
  8. ^ Erkoyun, Ezgi (26 August 2019). "Istanbul cruise port Galataport to open in Q2 2020 -chairman". Reuters. Retrieved 29 July 2020.

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