Emine Erdoğan

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Emine Erdoğan
Emine Erdoğan
First Lady of Turkey
Assumed office
28 August 2014
Preceded by Hayrünnisa Gül
Personal details
Born Emine Gülbaran
(1956-02-16) 16 February 1956 (age 60)
Siirt, Turkey
Nationality Turkish
Political party Justice and Development Party
Spouse(s) Recep Tayyip Erdoğan (m. 1978)
Children Necmettin Bilal
Ahmet Burak
Residence Istanbul (private)
Presidential Complex (official)
Religion Sunni Islam

Emine Erdoğan (née Gülbaran; born 16 February 1956) is the wife of President of Turkey Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and current First Lady of Turkey.


Emine Erdoğan was born in Üsküdar, Istanbul. She is of ethnic Arab descent, her family comes from the south-eastern province of Siirt[1] and the youngest child of a family of five children. She attended Mithat Paşa Akşam Art School, but left before graduation.

Erdoğan joined the "Idealist Women's Association". During these activities she met Recep Tayyip Erdoğan at a conference. Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and Emine Gülbaran married on 4 February 1978. The couple has four children: Ahmet Burak Erdoğan, Sümeyye, who married defense industrialist engineer Selçuk Bayraktar in May 2016,[2] Necmettin Bilal, and Esra.[3]

Political life[edit]

Emine Erdoğan meets with Michelle Obama in the Yellow Oval Room, White House, 8 December 2009

On 7 December 2010, Prime Minister Syed Yusuf Raza Gilani conferred the Pakistani Nishan-e-Pakistan on Emine Erdoğan, in recognition of her personal efforts for the flood-stricken people of Pakistan. In October 2010, Erdoğan visited Pakistan and the flood hit areas to personally witness the devastation caused by the floods and contributed significantly in the fund-raising campaign to help the country’s flood victims.[4]

On 16 February 2011, Emine Erdoğan was presented with the "Prix de la Fondation" by the Crans Montana Forum at a ceremony in Brussels.[5]


  1. ^ "Mrs Erdogan's many friends", The Economist, 12 August 2004
  2. ^ http://www.tehrantimes.com/news/402467/Thousands-expected-to-attend-wedding-of-Erdo%C4%9Fan-s-daughter
  3. ^ "Emine Erdoğan". Biyografi (in Turkish). 15 October 2008. Retrieved 15 October 2008. 
  4. ^ "PM confers Hilal-e-Pakistan award on Emine Erdogan". Associated Press of Pakistan. 16 February 2011. Retrieved 16 February 2011. 
  5. ^ "Turkish PM's wife presented with women's award". Anatolian Agency. 16 February 2011. Retrieved 16 February 2011. 
Honorary titles
Preceded by
Hayrünnisa Gül
First Lady of Turkey