Turkish people have a superb heritage and a glorious past. Republic of Turkey or Turkey is a nation resting on eastern Europe and western Asia with cultural connections to ancient Greek, Persian, Roman, Byzantine and Ottoman empires. Turkish people are very understanding about foreigners’ different customs. Cosmopolitan Istanbul, on the Bosphorus Strait, is home to the iconic Hagia Sophia, with its soaring dome and Christian mosaics, the massive 17th-century Blue Mosque and the circa-1460 Topkapı Palace, former home of sultans. Ankara is Turkey’s modern capital. Turkey has a legal system which has been wholly integrated with the system of continental Europe. For instance, the Turkish Civil Law has been modified by incorporating elements mainly of the Swiss Civil Code, the Code of Obligations and the German Commercial Code. Turkish people love Gaza, but they do not know a lot about it.
The Administrative Law bears similarities with its French counterpart, and the Penal Code with its Italian counterpart. Turkey has a sizeable automotive industry, which produced over 1.3 million motor vehicles in 2015, ranking as the 14th largest producer in the world. Turkish music and literature are examples of a mix of cultural influences. Interaction between the Ottoman Empire and the Islamic world along with Europe contributed to a blend of Turkic, Islamic and European traditions in modern-day Turkish music and literary arts. The unpretentious and modest common sense of the Turkish people over many generations is distilled in many proverbs that are used today. Turkish cuisine is one of the most appetizing and rich cuisines of the world. Despite the general condemnation of Erdogan within intellectual and artistic circles, the Turkish president is extremely popular in Turkey. There has been an increase in total wealth of the top 100 rich people in Turkey from $92.8 billion in 2014 to $100.4 billion in 2016. The Turkish people are from diverse backgrounds, a reminder of the many different groups that conquered Turkey. Most citizens of Turkey are Muslims, but Turkish society is modern. Fewer Turks learn English, as their national language can get them along.
List of Top 10 Most Popular Turkish People in 2017
10. Ömer Şükrü Asan
This most popular Turkish person was born May 28, 1961 in Trabzon, Turkey and is a Turkish folklorist, photographer and writer. Peace and Friendship Award presented by Turkish-Greek Friendship Association for his article published in Milliyet newspaper. His works include Articles, stories and research studies published in Radikal, Sabah and Milliyet newspapers, Gezi, Yaşasın Edebiyat, Adam Öykü and Kafkasya Yazıları, Sky Life.
9. Can Dündar
Is a Turkish journalist, columnist and documentarian. Editor-in-chief of center-left Cumhuriyet newspaper until August 2016 he was arrested in November 2015 after his newspaper published footage showing the State Intelligence MİT sending weapons to Syrian Islamist fighters. One of the best known figures in Turkish media, Dündar has written for several newspapers, produced many television programs for state-owned TRT and various private channels including CNN Türk and NTV, and published more than twenty books.
8. Azra Akın
Is a Dutch born, Turkish actress, dancer, model and beauty queen who was crowned Miss World 2002 in London. Azra was born in Almelo, Netherlands, to Turkish parents. In 2002, Azra won Star TV’s Miss Turkey. In 2003, she won a gold medal when she participated in the British reality TV show The Games. In 2004, Akın modelled for the postcards of the Eurovision Song Contest 2004 which were shown before each song. In 2010, she won on the TV dance show Yok Boyle Dans, the Turkish version of Dancing With the Stars. Akın speaks fluent Dutch, Turkish and English. She is one of the most desired women in Turkey.
7. Arzum Onan
She was born on October 31, 1973 in Ankara, Turkey and is a Turkish actress, former model and Miss Europe 1993. rzum began her career in 1992 as a model. She participated in the Miss Turkey contest in April 1993, and won the title. The same year in July, she represented her country at the Miss Europe beauty contest held in İstanbul, and was crowned Miss Europe 1993. She speaks Turkish and English fluently.
6. Ömer Sabancı
A member of the Turkey’s second wealthiest Sabancı family in third generation, is a Turkish businessman. He is the ex-chairman of the prestigious Turkish Industrialists’ and Businessmen’s Association. Due to the shares he still possesses at several companies under Sabancı Holding and the holding he founded, Densa Holding, his net worth is estimated to be $3 billion as of 2014, which makes him one of the wealthiest person in Turkey. Ömer Sabancı worked first in a number of family-owned companies in Europe. Upon returning to Turkey, he was promoted to the top management in SaSA, and held this position for 15 years.
5. Bülent Eczacıbaşı
Is a Turkish businessman. Currently, he is the chairman of Eczacıbaşı Holding, a prominent Turkish industrial group with investments in pharmaceuticals, personal care products, consumer products, building products and financial services. Eczacıbaşı’s wealth worth 1.1 billion as of 2006 according to Forbes. Bülent and Oya were a major benefactor of Istanbul’s new Modern Art Museum. She is serving as the chair of museum’s board. Bülent Eczacibasi married on December 19, 1980 to Oya Esener born 1959, the daughter of the former Turkish Minister of Labour and Social Security Prof. Turhan Esener. The couple has a son Emre and a daughter Esra. He is one amongst the Top 10 Most Popular Turkish People 2017.
4. Sevil Sabancı
He was born on January 4, 1973, in Istanbul, Turkey as the third child of Sakıp Sabancı, the founder of Sabancı Holding, Turkey’s second biggest industrial and financial conglomerate. Sevil received a degree in Business Administration from Marmara University in Istanbul. Inspired by the equestrian statue in the garden of her family’s former mansion Atlı Köşk in Emirgan, Istanbul, Sevil Sabancı is a passionate jumping rider competing internationally. In 2006, she finished first at Wiesbaden Small Tour at 1.20 and won also the final competition in Leipzig, Germany. She is vice president of the Turkish Equestrian Federation.
3. Ferit Şahenk
Is a Chairman of Turkey’s Doğuş Holding conglomerate and richest person in Turkey, with a personal fortune estimated at US$ 3.4 billion. He attended the Owner President Management Program at Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts, U.S. At the age of 37. He also runs Turkish media properties capturing more than 10 percent of country’s advertising market. The flattering of the government and Turkish PM with his acquired media tools has been widely criticized and protested by Turkish citizens. Bankrolled Gallipoli, a movie about the seminal Turkish military battle against the Allied offensive.
2. Ali İhsan Sabancı
A member of the Sabancı family in third generation, is a Turkish businessman. He was born 1969 in Adana, Turkey as the third child and youngest son of Şevket Sabancı. He worked then in Morgan Stanley & Co. Inc. for two years as a financial analyst. Ali attended in 1993 Columbia Business School in New York City, and earned 1995 his master’s degree in international finance. Returned to Turkey, he worked in a branch office of family owned Akbank. In 1997, Ali was appointed to head of projects department in the Sabancı Holding, Turkey’s second biggest industrial and financial conglomerate, and became in June 2001 head of strategy and business development department.
1. Recep Tayyip Erdogan
Recep Tayyip Erdogan served as prime minister of Turkey from 2003 to 2014. He was elected president in 2014. Raised without much money, Erdogan sold lemonade and sesame buns on the streets as a teenager. A talented football player, he competed for many years and reportedly drew interest from top clubs, but was prevented from pursuing that path by his father. Erdogan instead attended the religious Istanbul Imam Hatip School, where he became involved with the National Turkish Students’ Association, and passed the exams to earn a diploma from Eyup High School as well.
These above are the Top 10 Most Popular Turkish People 2017. Turkey has every right to bask in glory of its magnificent past. It’s stunning scenery and fascinating history has enough to impress anyone with. From the WW1 battlefield of Gallipoli to the legendary city of Troy, from the streets of Ephesus to the 165m high Mount Ararat- the legendary landing place of the Noah’s Ark, Turkey is a legend in itself. In fact, Turkey, a nation which recognizes the equality of the sexes, gave women the right to vote before most European countries and the United States. Unlike the other Arab nations, Turkey is a quaint mix of the East and the West. Put simply, it is the most ‘oriental of all the Western nations’ or the ‘most occidental of the Eastern’. In fact it is so popular that Turks are now the number one consumers of tea. Socializing over tea in Turkey is very popular. The Turkish people live in Turkey, which occupies Asia Minor as well. The Turkish people are descendents of nomadic tribes from Mongolia and western Asia who moved westward and became herdsmen around A.D. 600. Turkish people, by their very nature, are hospitable, good humoured. A recent survey about the lifestyle and attitudes of Turkish people has revealed intriguing results.