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Nihat Zeybekci

Minister of the Economy
In office
24 May 2016 – 10 July 2018
Prime MinisterBinali Yıldırım
Preceded byMustafa Elitaş
In office
25 December 2013 – 17 November 2015
Prime MinisterRecep Tayyip Erdoğan
Ahmet Davutoğlu
Preceded byZafer Çağlayan
Succeeded byMustafa Elitaş
Member of the Grand National Assembly
Assumed office
12 June 2011
ConstituencyDenizli (2011, June 2015, Nov 2015)
Mayor of Denizli
In office
28 March 2004 – 16 March 2011
Preceded byAli Aygören
Succeeded byOsman Zolan
Personal details
Born (1961-01-01) 1 January 1961 (age 58)
Pınarlar, Tavas, Denizli, Turkey
Political partyJustice and Development Party (AKP)
Alma mater
ProfessionPolitician, economist
Cabinet61st, 62nd, 63rd, 65th

Nihat Zeybekci (born 1 January 1961) is a Turkish economist, politician, a member of parliament for Denizli Province of the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) and the current Minister of the Economy.

Early life[edit]

Nihat Zeybekci was born to Şükrü and Fatma Zeybekci as the youngest of five children in the village of Pınarlar in Tavas district of Denizli Province on 1 January 1961.[1][2] The family earned their living from tobacco farming, and Nihat helped his parents in his youth.[3]

After studying Business Administration at Marmara University, he received his master's degree in International Relations from Istanbul University. He also claimed to have conducted further studies in economics at South London College in the United Kingdom, but he removed this information from his official resume after it turned out to be false.[4]

He is married and has four children.[2][3]



Zeybekci served as executive for companies in Istanbul and Denizli.[1] In 1994, he founded a textile company. He was elected into the Denizli Chamber of Industry and chaired two terms Denizli Textile and Apparel Exporters' Association.[2]


Zeybekci entered politics at regional level. In the 2004 local elections, he was elected Mayor of Denizli from the Justice and Development Party. He was re-elected to the post in the 2009 local elections.[1] In 2011, he resigned to run for a seat in the parliament. During this time, he represented his city and country in some organizations for regional administrations at national and international level.[2]

He was elected into the Grand National Assembly of Turkey in the 2011 general election as an MP from Denizli Province. On 26 December 2013, Nihat Zeybekci assumed office as the Minister of Economic Affairs,[3][5] succeeding Zafer Çağlayan during Prime Minister Erdoğan's cabinet reshuffle with ten new names that was announced the day before, on 25 December, following the 2013 corruption scandal in Turkey.[1][6][7][8][9]

He is considered as a close friend of Erdoğan, who spends his summer holidays together with Zeybekci.[7]


  1. ^ a b c d "İşte yeni bakanların özgeçmişi". Radikal (in Turkish). 2013-12-26. Retrieved 2013-12-26.
  2. ^ a b c d "Nihat Zeybekci" (in Turkish). TBMM. Retrieved 2013-12-27.
  3. ^ a b c Varol, Emrah (2013-12-26). "Tütün Tarlasından Ekonomi Bakanlığına Nihat Zeybekci". Son dakika (in Turkish). Retrieved 2013-12-28.
  4. ^ "Bakan Zeybekçi özgeçmişinden eğitimini sildirdi". Cumhuriyet (in Turkish). Retrieved 2015-02-06.
  5. ^ "AK Parti Denizli milletvekili Nihat Zeybekci'den 'öğrenci evlerine müdahale' tepkisi". Radikal (in Turkish). 2013-11-11. Retrieved 2013-12-28.
  6. ^ "Üç bakan istifa etti". Hürriyet (in Turkish). 25 December 2013. Retrieved 26 December 2013.
  7. ^ a b Yılmazi Turan & Esra Kaya (2013-12-26). "Kabinede 10 değişiklik". Hürriyet (in Turkish). Retrieved 2013-12-28.
  8. ^ "PM Erdoğan announces new Cabinet with 10 changes amid graft probe". Hürriyet Daily News. 2013-12-25. Retrieved 2014-01-30.
  9. ^ "PM Erdoğan announces 10 new names in major Cabinet reshuffle". Today's Zaman. 2013-12-25. Retrieved 2014-01-30.
Political offices
Preceded by
Ali Aygören
Mayor of Denizli
28 March 2004 – 16 March 2011
Succeeded by
Osman Zolan
Preceded by
Zafer Çağlayan
Minister of Economic Affairs
26 December 2013 – 24 November 2015
Succeeded by
Mustafa Elitaş
Preceded by
Mustafa Elitaş
Minister of Economic Affairs
24 May 2016 – 10 July 2018
Succeeded by
Position abolished