Cem Boyner

Cem Boyner (born September 23, 1955)[1] is a Turkish businessman in the textile industry, owner of department stores, and was a short-time politician.

Cem Boyner
Born (1955-09-23) September 23, 1955 (age 65)
Istanbul, Turkey
Spouse(s)Ayle Bilgün Sazak
Ümit Nazlı Alpay

Early life and educationEdit

Cem Boyner was born on September 3, 1955 in Istanbul to Osman Boyner, a textile industrialist from Tosya. After graduating from Robert College,[2] he studied at Boğaziçi University and earned a Bachelor's degree in Business Administration.[3]


In 1978, he was appointed the chairman of the board of the family-owned textile company Altınyıldız and of the Boyner department stores.[3] Currently, he is the CEO of Boyner Holding.[4][5]

He served as chairman of Turkish Industrialists' and Businessmen's Association (TÜSİAD), the top business association of Turkey, in the 1989-1990 term.[3][6] In a recent interview for the Creating Emerging Markets project at the Harvard Business School, he describes how he introduced the Advantage Card, which revolutionized the way retail was being conducted in Turkey.[7]

Cem Boyner got interested in politics in 1990s. He founded a liberal-leaning political party, the New Democracy Movement (Turkish: Yeni Demokrasi Hareketi, YDH), and was elected its leader.[8][9] The party participated in the 1995 general elections. The YDH was not able to enter the parliament, by gaining only 0.48% of the total votes. In 1996, he quit politics due to the poor outcome at the elections.[3][10]

Family lifeEdit

Cem Boyner was previously married to Ayle Bilgün Sazak, the daughter of the assassinated politician Gün Sazak. From this marriage, he had three daughters, Emine (b. March 16, 1989), and the twins Elif and Ayşe (b. March 6, 1985). Cem Boyner made his second marriage with Ümit Nazlı Alpay, with whom he had a son, Murat (b. February 14, 1996).[3]


After leaving politics, Cem Boyner developed an interest in underwater photography. He exhibited his photographs taken under water while touring around the world. He collected his safari photographs, taken in Africa and exhibited in 2005, in a book titled Yakındaki Uzak Uzaktaki Yakın (The Near Distant / The Distant Near).[3][11]

He is also an amateur kickboxing practitioner.[3]


  • Demokrasinin İçyüzü (1975)[12]
  • Yakındaki Uzak Uzaktaki Yakın[11]


  1. ^ "Cem Boyner kimdir?". www.radikal.com.tr (in Turkish). Radikal.
  2. ^ "Robert Kolej'in 150. yılı onuruna ünlü mezunlar okula döndü". Milliyet (in Turkish). 2013-10-10. Retrieved 2012-02-12.
  3. ^ a b c d e f g "Cem Boyner" (in Turkish). Biyografi. Retrieved 2014-02-12.
  4. ^ "Cem Boyner'den, 'Ben de çapulcuyum' çıkışı". Hürriyet (in Turkish). 2013-06-05. Retrieved 2014-02-12.
  5. ^ "Boyner Büyük Mağazacılık, YKM'yi tamamen satın aldı". Türkiye Gazetesi (in Turkish). 2013-10-23. Retrieved 2012-02-12.
  6. ^ "Kuruluştan Bugüne TÜSİAD Yönetim Kurulu Üyeleri <language=Turkish". TÜSİAD. Archived from the original on 2014-02-17. Retrieved 2014-02-12.
  7. ^ "Interview with Cem Boyner". Creating Emerging Markets. Harvard Business School.
  8. ^ "Cem Boyner'e Almanya'da saldırı". Zaman (in Turkish). 1995-09-25. Archived from the original on 2014-02-22. Retrieved 2014-02-12.
  9. ^ "Turkey's new reformer: magnate with a cause.(Cem Boyner of the New Democracy Movement)". High Beam. 1995-07-17. Archived from the original on 2014-06-11. Retrieved 2012-02-12.
  10. ^ Ergenç, Erdinç (1996-05-28). "YDH on it's [sic] new route with Huseyin Ergun". Hürriyet Daily News. Archived from the original on 22 February 2014. Retrieved 2019-11-10.
  11. ^ a b Cem Boyner. Uzaktaki Yakın Yakındaki Uzak (in Turkish). ISBN 978-975-0027-50-5. Retrieved 2014-02-12.
  12. ^ Cem Boyner (1975). Dekokrasinin İçyüzü (in Turkish). Reman. p. 63. Retrieved 2014-02-12.