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Ahmet Burak Erdoğan (born 4 July 1979) is a Turkish businessman, the owner of MB Denizcilik, and the eldest son of Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, the President of Turkey.

Ahmet Burak Erdoğan
Born (1979-07-04) 4 July 1979 (age 40)
Istanbul, Turkey
Educationİmam Hatip school
Alma materIstanbul Bilgi University
OccupationOwner of MB Denizcilik
Sema Ketenci (m. 2001)
Parent(s)Recep Tayyip Erdoğan
Emine Erdoğan
RelativesBilal Erdoğan (brother)
Esra Erdoğan (sister)
Sümeyye Erdoğan (sister)


Early lifeEdit

Ahmet Burak Erdoğan was born in Istanbul on 4 July 1979, the son of Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and his wife Emine Erdoğan, and educated at İmam Hatip school.[1][2] He has a bachelor's degree from Istanbul Bilgi University.[1] As with all his siblings, his higher education was paid for by Remzi Gür, a Turkish textile entrepreneur and friend of the Erdoğan family.[3]

In 2013, Ynetnews reported that one of MB's ships, 95-metre Safran-1 had travelled several times between Turkish and Israeli ports despite the poor relations between the two countries, and that in the Turkish Parliament, opposition MPs had asked his father: "Has your son been exempted from the trade embargo against Israel? Is it ethical? What share of the volume of trade with Israel did the ship owned by your son take?" Ynetnews noted that no formal trade embargo had existed at the time, except for arms sales.[4]


Erdoğan co-founded MB Denizcilik,[4] a company incorporated in Turkey with Mecit Çetinkaya, a "veteran shipowner" who also owns the company Manta Denizcilik.[5] In November 2013, MB bought a sixth ship, Pretty, built in China for over $20 million and with a capacity of 91,000 tons, to add to the existing five ships, Safran 1, Sakarya, G. İnebolu, Cihan and Bosna that it owns. The acquisition of Pretty almost doubled the company's shipping capacity.[5]

In 2015, Aydınlık reported that Erdoğan now owned 99% of MB (with Çetinkaya owning the other 1%) and that MB owned tankers worth US$80 million.[6]

Personal lifeEdit

In 1998, the Turkish classical music singer Sevim Tanürek died in Istanbul after a period in intensive care after being hit by a car driven by Erdoğan, who reportedly did not have a driving licence and fled the scene.[7][8][9][10] Erdoğan ultimately received no punishment;[11] his father was mayor of Istanbul at the time.

In 2001, Erdoğan married Sema Ketenci, the daughter of Osman Ketenci.[12]


  1. ^ a b "Burak Erdoğan". Biyografi. Retrieved 1 December 2015.
  2. ^ Akkoc, Raziye (20 April 2015). "Turkey's most powerful president since Ataturk: A profile of Recep Tayyip Erdogan". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 1 December 2015.
  3. ^ Seibert, Thomas (18 December 2010). "Daughter of Turkish premier fuels debate on headscarf". The National (Abu Dhabi). Retrieved 1 December 2015.
  4. ^ a b Eichner, Itamar (4 November 2013). "MPs: Erdogan's son doing business in Israel". Ynetnews. Retrieved 1 December 2015.
  5. ^ a b "PM Erdoğan's son buys sixth vessel for his shipping company: Report". Hürriyet. 9 November 2013. Retrieved 1 December 2015.
  6. ^ Derviş, Derya (27 February 2015). "Erdogan's Son Bilal's Little Ships are Growing". Aydınlık. Archived from the original on 28 November 2015. Retrieved 1 December 2015.
  7. ^ "Newsmakers". Hürriyet. 24 May 1998. Retrieved 1 December 2015.
  8. ^ "Tanürek öldü". Hürriyet (in Turkish). 18 May 1998. Retrieved 15 June 2013.
  9. ^ "TURKEY Newsmakers-Passed Away". Hürriyet Daily News. 24 May 1998. Retrieved 15 June 2013.
  10. ^ "Sevim Tanürek toprağa verildi". Sabah (in Turkish). 19 May 1998. Retrieved 15 June 2013.
  11. ^ "Oğlun da sarhoş muydu?". Sol (in Turkish). 17 January 2011. Retrieved 2 December 2015.
  12. ^ "Two names in the spotlight: Akman and Karaman". Hürriyet. 25 September 2008. Retrieved 1 December 2015.