Sakıp Sabancı

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Sakıp Sabancı
Born(1933-04-07)7 April 1933
Died10 April 2004(2004-04-10) (aged 71)
Resting placeZincirlikuyu Cemetery, Istanbul
OrganizationSabancı Holding
Notable workHaci Omer Sabanci Foundation, Sabancı Holding, Sabanci University, and Sakıp Sabancı Museum
SpouseTürkan (Civelek) Sabancı
Children3, including Sevil Sabancı
Parent(s)Hacı Ömer Sabancı
Sadıka Sabancı

Sakıp Sabancı (7 April 1933 – 10 April 2004) was a Turkish business tycoon and philanthropist.


He was the second son of a cotton trader and worked in his father's business without completing high school. He was the head of Turkey's largest business conglomerate and 147th richest man on the Forbes list of billionaires in 2004.

He took over the family business with assistance from his brothers starting in the 1980s.

The Sabanci Group of Companies operates in eighteen different countries and markets its products internationally. Currently, Sabancı Holding controls more than 60 companies, in textiles, tourism, automotives, chemicals, tobacco, cement, insurance and banking. The group also has partnerships with the Hilton Group, Bridgestone, Du Pont, Philip Morris, Bekaert, Heidelberg Cement, IBM, BNP Paribas, Dresdner Bank, Carrefour and International Paper. Sabancı Holding and ten other companies within the group are listed on the Istanbul Stock Exchange. In 2011, the consolidated revenue of the company was $13.4 billion. The Sabanci family holds a 60.6% share of the firm.

Sakip Sabanci founded the Sabancı University in 1999. His collections of more than 320 Ottoman and Turkish paintings, statues and more than 400 examples of Ottoman calligraphy are exhibited at Atlı Köşk (The Equestrian Villa) at Bosporus in Emirgan, Istanbul, where he and his family lived for years, and which was converted into the Sakıp Sabancı Museum in 2002.

He died of kidney cancer at the age of 71 and received a state funeral.

Honorary doctorates[edit]

Sabancı received honorary doctorates from following Turkish and American universities:

Mimar Sinan Üniversitesi, Istanbul
Girne American University, Kyrenia, Cyprus
Trakya Üniversitesi, Edirne
Istanbul Universitesi, Istanbul


He was awarded by various national and international institutions as listed below:


He wrote books mostly on his experience in business life. Some of them are translated into English and Japanese language. The royalties from his books are being donated to Darülaceze (Almshouse) and Türkiye Spastik Çocuklar Vakfı (Turkey Foundation for Spastic Children).

  1. İşte Hayatım (This is my life), 1985
  2. Para Başarının Mükafatıdır (Money is the reward of success), 1985
  3. This is my life (English) 1988
  4. Gönül Galerimden (From the galleria of my heart), 1988
  5. Rusya'dan Amerika'ya (From Russia to America), 1989
  6. Ücret Pazarlığı mı ? - Koyun Pazarlığı mı ? (Is it wage bargain or sheep bargain ?), 1990
  7. Değişen ve Gelişen Türkiye (Turkey, Changing and Developing), 1991
  8. Daha Fazla İş Daha Fazla Aş (More work, more food), 1993
  9. Doğu Anadolu Raporu (Eastern Anatolian report), 1995
  10. Başarı Şimdi Aslanın Ağzında (Success is now in the lion's mouth), 1998
  11. İşte Hayatım (Japanese), 2000
  12. Hayat Bazen Tatlıdır (Life is sometimes sweet), 2001
  13. Sakıpname (Dedicated to Sakıp), 2002
  14. ...bıraktığım yerden Hayatım; (My life from where I left off), 445 pp, ISBN 975-293-181-2.
  15. Her Şeyin Başı Sağlık; (Health first) 176 pp, ISBN 975-293-217-7.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Geniş Açı". Milliyet (in Turkish). 28 October 1997. Retrieved 29 October 2011.
  2. ^ Sabanci, Sakip. This Is My Life. Avon: The Bath Press, 1988.
  3. ^ The Sabanci Group In Brief. Sabanci Holding. 2013. Accessed. 3 March 2013.
  4. ^ Sakip Sabanci. Sabanci Vakfi. 2013. Accessed. 3 March 2013.
  5. ^ Encyclopædia Britannica, s.v. "Sakip Sabanci."

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