Life in Turkey

World Famous Turks and Most Popular Turks

It is possible to come across Turks all over the world. The Turks on this list are both very successful and famous in the country they live in. In this list we have prepared for you, you will find the most popular Turks in the world. Here is the list of world famous Turks.

Ahmet Ertegun

Ahmet Ertegün

Musician Ahmet Ertegün, who passed away in 2006, is the founder of Atlantic Records, one of the most well-known record companies in the music world. It has a very respected memory in America, having released legendary names such as The Rolling Stones, Led Zeppelin, Aretha Franklin, Ray Charles.

Muhtar Kent

Muhtar Kent

The successful businessman, who became a world-famous name as the CEO of Coca-Cola, has been working for the same company since 1978.

Hamdi Ulukaya

Hamdi Ulukaya

Hamdi Ulukaya, who we know as ‘the first Turkish billionaire to become a dollar billionaire’, founded Chobani, the country’s best-selling yogurt brand, in the USA, where he went to learn a language as a child of a family from Erzincan. and alone changed the yogurt consumption habits in the country.

Dr. Mehmet Oz

Dr. Mehmet Öz

Known as Doctor Öz in the world, Mehmet Öz is one of the most well-known American Turks in the world. Reaching a wide audience especially with his television program, the specialist doctor still continues his profession.

Orhan Pamuk 

Orhan Pamuk

In 2006, Orhan Pamuk won the Nobel Prize in Literature, becoming the first Turkish citizen to receive a Nobel Prize and one of the youngest person to receive the Nobel Prize.

Semih Sayginer

Semih Saygıner

Another famous person is Semih Sayginer. He is a professional billiard player. Sayginer, who won the first World Billiards Championship in 1994. He is known in the world for his nicknames “Mr Magic” or “The Turkish Prince“. Thanks to Saygıner’s efforts, the Turkish Billiard Federation was established.



Megastar” Tarkan is another famous person on our list. He is a Turkish singer and songwriter. He has been known for his pop and Turkish classical music.

Fazil Say

Fazıl Say

Fazil Say is a world-famous pianist. He was born in Ankara/Turkey on January 14, 1970. At the age of 4, he started playing the piano. Fazil Say had planned to continue his life’s work, from 1995 to the present day, he still continues to perform in European countries, mainly in France. He gives concerts accompanied by today’s leading conductors, orchestras and presents recitals in famous halls.

Nuri Bilge Ceylan

Nuri Bilge Ceylan

Another celebrity from our current time is Nuri Bilge Ceylan. He is a Turkish film director, screenwriter, actor, and photographer. One of the best accomplishments was him is winning the Palme d’Or, which is the highest prize at the Cannes Film Festival. Ceylan’s perspective on human life consists of monotony, individualism, existentialism, and details of human beings.

Aziz Sancar

Aziz Sancar

Aziz Sancar is a Turkish academician, biochemist, molecular biologist, and scientist. Since 1997, he has been Professor of Biochemistry and Biophysics at the University of North Carolina, USA. In 2015, he was awarded the Nobel Prize.

CZN Burak

CZN Burak – Burak Özdemir

CZN Burak ( Burak Özdemir ), the youngest of four siblings, is the owner of the restaurant chain Hatay Medeniyetler Sofrası. He became known as “Smiley bae” and became an internet celebrity by publishing his cooking shows on social media platforms, where he made dishes from Arabian and Anatolian Cuisine while smiling an the camera.

Nusr-Et Nusret Gokce

Nusret Gökçe – Nusr-et

Born in Erzurum as the 5th child of a mining worker father in 1983, Nusret Gökçe had to leave school in the sixth grade due to financial reasons. Nusret Gökçe, who got a job as a butcher’s apprentice for his brothers to study at the Bostancı Butchers’ Bazaar, went to Argentina with the money he saved, worked with other butchers around the world and learned new techniques from them.

Gökçe also worked in the USA for a while. Gökçe, whose menu was published in the New York Times, currently has Nusr-et (saltbae) branches in New York, Miami, Doha, Dubai and Abu Dhabi.

Mustafa Kemal Ataturk

Mustafa Kemal Atatürk

The first person who is the most famous amongst the world is Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, who is the founder of modern Turkey. His surname means “the father of the Turks.” He was a great leader with various skills, especially in military and bureaucracy. His ideas of the equality of men and women, secularism, democracy, history, geometry, mathematics, geography, literature, agriculture, business, and foreign affairs make him a great figure, and most importantly an ideal model.

Enes Sahin

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