Kadir Topbaş

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Kadir Topbaş
Kadir Topbas at 38th Istanbul Vodafone Marathon (2) cropped.jpg
30th Mayor of Istanbul
In office
28 March 2004 – 22 September 2017
Preceded byAli Müfit Gürtuna
Succeeded byMevlüt Uysal
Mayor of Beyoğlu
In office
18 April 1999 – 28 March 2004
Preceded byNusret Bayraktar
Succeeded byAhmet Misbah Demircan
Personal details
Born (1945-01-08) 8 January 1945 (age 74)
Yusufeli, Artvin, Turkey
Political partyJustice and Development Party (AKP)
ResidenceBeyoğlu, Istanbul
Alma materIstanbul University (B.S.)
Istanbul University (Architecture)
Istanbul University (Ph.D.)
AwardsROK Order of Cultural Merit Bo-gwan (3rd Class) ribbon.PNG Bogwan Order of Cultural Merit (2014)

Kadir Topbaş (born 8 January 1945) is a Turkish architect, businessman, politician and former mayor of Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality in Turkey from 2004 to 2017.


He was born on 8 January 1945 in Altıparmak village of Yusufeli district in Artvin Province, Turkey. Kadir Topbaş moved in 1946 with his family to Istanbul. He earned a PhD in architectural history from Istanbul University following his education of theology in 1972 and architecture in 1974. After working as preacher in Edirne, teacher and freelance architect in İstanbul, he served between 1994 and 1998 as advisor to mayor Recep Tayyip Erdoğan for the restoration and decoration of palaces and other historical buildings in Istanbul.

He is also owner of Turkish cuisine restaurant chain Saray Muhallebicisi.

Political career[edit]

He entered politics as member of the religious oriented Milli Selamet Partisi (MSP) and became mayor of Beyoğlu district in İstanbul, where he lives. Later on, Topbaş ran twice for the deputy of Artvin province in the parliament, first in 1977 from the MSP and then in 1987 from Refah Partisi (RP) without success. In 1999, he was elected mayor of Beyoğlu district from the Fazilet Partisi (FP). In the 2004 regional elections, Kadir Topbaş ran for the post of mayor of İstanbul from the Adalet ve Kalkınma Partisi (AKP) and won. He is mayor of Istanbul since March 28, 2004. In November 2007 he became co-president of United Cities and Local Governments and was longlisted for the 2008 World Mayor award. Kadir Topbaş was re-elected as the mayor of İstanbul metropolitan area in 2009 Turkish general local elections, passing the runner-up Kemal Kilicdaroglu, current leader of Republican People's Party.

In 2009 he was appointed President of the Union of Municipalities of Turkey. On 22 September 2017, he resigned as the mayor of Istanbul metropolitan area, without revealing a particular political reason.[1] His successor became on September 28 Mevlüt Uysal, mayor of Bahşehir municipality since 2009.[2]

Personal life[edit]

He is married and has two sons and a daughter.


Ribbon bar Award or decoration Country Date Place Note Ref.
ROK Order of Cultural Merit Bo-gwan (3rd Class) ribbon.PNG Order of Cultural Merit  South Korea 12 September 2014 Seoul [3][4]


  1. ^ http://www.cumhuriyet.com.tr/haber/turkiye/829455/iBB_Baskani_Kadir_Topbas_istifa_etti.html
  2. ^ "İstanbul Büyükşehir Belediyesi'nin yeni başkanı Mevlüt Uysal". NTV (in Turkish). 2017-09-28. Retrieved 2017-10-13.
  3. ^ "Başkan Topbaş'a "Kore Devlet Nişanı" verildi" (in Turkish). Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality. 2014-09-12. Retrieved 2014-09-13.
  4. ^ "Kadir Topbaş'a Kore devlet nişanı verildi" (in Turkish). Hürriyet. 2014-09-13. Retrieved 2014-09-13.

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Political offices
Preceded by
Ali Müfit Gürtuna
Mayor of İstanbul
28 March 2004 – 22 September 2017
Succeeded by
Mevlüt Uysal