Emine Erdoğan

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Emine Erdoğan
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First Lady of Turkey
Assumed office
28 August 2014
Preceded by Hayrünnisa Gül
Personal details
Born Emine Gülbaran
(1955-02-16) 16 February 1955 (age 62)
Üsküdar, Istanbul, Turkey
Nationality Turkish
Political party Justice and Development Party
Spouse(s) Recep Tayyip Erdoğan (m. 1978)
Children 4 (inc. Ahmet Burak and Bilal)
Residence Presidential Palace (official)

Emine Erdoğan (born Emine Gülbaran; 21 February 1955) is the wife of Dictator of Turkey Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and the First Lady of Turkey.


Emine Erdoğan was born in Üsküdar, Istanbul. TC ID No: 1721**18520 .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]

First Lady Erdogan has played an active role in opposing child marriage, stating clearly that "Forced child marriage is clearly unacceptable under any conditions".[6]


  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. Archived from the original on 23 July 2011. Retrieved 16 February 2011. 
  5. ^ "Turkish PM's wife presented with women's award". Anatolian Agency. 16 February 2011. Retrieved 16 February 2011. 
  6. ^ http://www.tccb.gov.tr/en/news/542/35764/emine-erdogan-cocuk-yasta-zorla-evlilik-hicbir-surette-kabul-edilemez.html
Honorary titles
Preceded by
Hayrünnisa Gül
First Lady of Turkey