media tycoon. Born on
set up his first industrial company in
In 1979, he entered the world of press and media by taking over the daily newspaper Milliyet. With the acquisition of the daily newspaper Hürriyet in 1994, Doğan strengthened his position in the media. He presided in the Association of Turkish Newspaper Owners between 1986 and 1996.
1998, he became the first elected Turkish Deputy Chairperson of the World
Association of Newspapers (WAN) at the conference organized in
He was awarded with Outstanding Service Medal by the Turkish Government in 1999. He received a honorary doctorate from Girne American University in 1999, and then from, Ege University, Baku State University, and Marmara University respectively.
In 1996, by establishing Aydın Doğan Foundation, he brought all the social, cultural, educational services of Doğan Holding under the same umbrella. Until now, he has built eight schools, named after him and other family members. Aydın Doğan Foundation traditionalized Aydın Doğan International Caricature Competition; and supported undergraduate students at communication faculties with the Competition of Young Communicators. He also made significant contributions in various areas, from literature and music to architecture and social sciences with Aydın Doğan Awards. Aydın Doğan is married with four children and four grandchildren.
Aydın Doğan as the chairman of the board, Doğan Holding operates in industry, tourism,
and commerce, besides the company’s principal business activities of energy
distribution, insurance and the media. Moreover, it is one of the three great