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Melih Abdülhayoğlu
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Melih Abdulhayoglu
Born (1968-03-10) 10 March 1968 (age 51)
ResidenceMontclair, New Jersey, US
NationalityUnited States
Alma materUniversity of Bradford (UK)
BS Electronic Engineering, 1991
OccupationTechnologist, Entrepreneur
Known forFounder & CEO of Comodo Group

Melih Abdulhayoğlu (born March 10, 1968) is a Turkish American entrepreneur and CEO of Comodo Group, an Internet security company he founded in the United Kingdom in 1998 and relocated to the US in 2004. In November 2017, he sold 50% of the Company's share to Francisco Partners, a private equity firm based on San Francisco.[2]

Early life[edit]

Melih Abdulhayoğlu was born in Turkey, where he studied at Hatay high-school.[citation needed] At the age of 18, he moved to the United Kingdom, where he earned a Bachelor of Science in Electronic Engineering from the University of Bradford in 1991.[citation needed]


Abdulhayoğlu is the founder of Comodo, an internet security company,[3] and established the industry standards organization CA/Browser Forum in 2005, initially to promote new standards that resulted in the creation of Extended Validation SSL Certificates (EV-SSL).[4][5][6]

In 2009, Abdulhayoğlu organized the Common Computing Security Standards Forum, initially to deal with the problem of faux antivirus software being used by cyber-criminals.[7][8][9][10]

Abdulhayoğlu features in Forbes Turkey's 12th "100 Richest Turks" list, announced in March, 2017.[11][12] Forbes announced that he is estimated net worth of US$1.6 billion as of April 2018.[13]


  1. ^ TurkofAmerica Magazine, (December 5, 2010). "The Security of the Internet Is in the Hands of A Turk". Retrieved October 9, 2011.
  2. ^ Dunn, John. "Comodo's 50% of share". Retrieved April 23, 2018.
  3. ^ "Melih Abdulhayoglu in Forbes Turkey's 12th "100 Richest Turks" List". Retrieved 2017-03-02.
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  5. ^ Larry Seltzer (2008-05-09). "Melih was the original force behind the CA/Browser Forum and EV-SSL". Retrieved 2013-06-11.
  6. ^ "Melih Abdulhayoglu co-founded the CAB Forum". 2012-09-14. Retrieved 2013-06-11.
  7. ^ Dunn, John (July 16, 2009). "AV vendors fight 'scareware' with new whitelist". TechWorld. Archived from the original on July 1, 2013. Retrieved June 6, 2013.
  8. ^ "AV vendors fight 'scareware' with new whitelist -". Retrieved 2013-06-11.
  9. ^ "Melih Abdulhayoğlu - CNN TÜRK Video". 2012-10-16. Archived from the original on 2013-06-14. Retrieved 2013-06-11.
  10. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2013-12-19. Retrieved 2013-12-19.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  11. ^ "Melih Abdulhayoglu in Forbes Turkey's 12th "100 Richest Turks" List". Retrieved 2017-03-02.
  12. ^ "Forbes Turkey's 12th 100 Richest Turks". Retrieved 2017-03-02.
  13. ^ "Forbes announcment about Melih". Retrieved 2018-04-04.

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