Güler Sabancı

Güler Sabancı (born 1955) is a Turkish businesswoman, a third-generation female member of the Sabancı family, and the chairperson of the family-controlled Sabancı Holding,[1] the second-largest industrial and financial conglomerate in Turkey.[2] As of 2014, she is listed as the 60th most powerful woman in the world by Forbes, which first recognized her in 1999.[3][4]

Güler Sabancı
Güler Sabancı
Born1955 (age 64–65)
Adana, Turkey
EducationBusiness administration
Alma materBoğaziçi University
OrganizationSabancı Holding
Parent(s)İhsan Sabancı
Yüksel (Tarcan) Sabancı

Education and early careerEdit

Güler was born the daughter and first child of İhsan Sabancı and his wife Yüksel in 1955 in Adana, Turkey. After finishing high school at TED Ankara College in Ankara, she was educated in business administration at Boğaziçi University in Istanbul. In 1978. She started her professional career at LasSA, a family-owned tire production company in Kocaeli Province. She was then appointed general manager of KordSA, a position she held for 14 years. Later, Güler Sabancı became a member of the board of directors at Sabancı Holding, heading the tires and reinforcement materials group, as well as having responsibility for human resources.

Sabancı HoldingEdit

Güler Sabancı is the chairwoman and managing director of Sabancı Holding,[5] one of the leading and most reputable business groups in Turkey. She started her career at the tire manufacturing company of the group and held various roles at the other group companies. Ms. Sabancı is the Founding President of Sabancı University and also acts as chairman of the Sakip Sabancı Museum[6] and chairman of the board of trustees of the Sabancı Foundation, the leading private foundation in Turkey. She is the first and only female member of European Round Table of Industrialists (ERT).[7] In October 2013, she was named 2nd on Fortune’s 50 Most Powerful Women in Business (outside USA).[8] She has received several awards for philanthropy and leadership including David Rockefeller Bridging Leadership Award.,[9] Clinton Global Citizen Award,[10] Raymond Georis Innovative Philanthropist Award [11] and European School of Management Responsible Leadership Award [12]

In 2012, Sabancı was appointed a member of the board of United Nations Global Compact, the UN's highest-level advisory body involving business, civil society, labour and employers organizations.[13]

As of 2014, she is listed as the 60th most powerful woman in the world by Forbes.[3]

Awards, decorations and honorary degreesEdit

  • Fortune’s 50 Most Powerful Women in Business (outside USA) [8]
  • David Rockefeller Bridging Leadership Award[9]
  • Clinton Global Citizen Award [10]
  • Raymond Georis Innovative Philanthropist Award [11]
  • European School of Management Responsible Leadership Award[12]

Orders and decorationsEdit


Personal lifeEdit

Sabancı has never married or had children. She is notably private about her personal life, purposefully keeping quiet about her relationships. [14]

Sabancı has ongoing legal battles with her family regarding her father's exclusion from the family fortune prior to his death in 1979. Despite viewing Sakıp Sabancı as her idol, alongside her siblings, she was forced into fighting to obtain her rightful position and status within the family.


  1. ^ "10 Global leaders - 7. Guler Sabanci (7) - FORTUNE". cnn.com. 29 September 2010. Retrieved 12 November 2012.
  2. ^ "Guler Sabanci - Forbes". forbes.com. Retrieved 12 November 2012.
  3. ^ a b "The World's 100 Most Powerful Women". Forbes. Forbes. Retrieved 26 June 2014.
  4. ^ Rossant, Juliette (5 July 1999). "Turkey's Tire Queen". Forbes. Retrieved 7 December 2019.
  5. ^ "Güler Sabanci". forbes.com. Retrieved 16 August 2018.
  6. ^ Sakıp Sabancı Museum Archived 2014-01-06 at the Wayback Machine
  7. ^ "Members - European Round Table of Industrialists". www.ert.eu. Retrieved 16 August 2018.
  8. ^ a b "Fortune's 50 Most Powerful Women in Business (outside USA)". cnn.com. Retrieved 16 August 2018.
  9. ^ a b "Hürriyet Daily News". Hürriyet Daily News. Retrieved 16 August 2018.
  10. ^ a b "Daily Sabah - Latest & Breaking News from Turkey - Istanbul". english.sabah.com.tr. Retrieved 16 August 2018.
  11. ^ a b "Raymond Georis Innovative Philanthropist Award". Archived from the original on 2014-01-06. Retrieved 2014-01-06.
  12. ^ a b European School of Management Responsible Leadership Award
  13. ^ "Secretary-General Appoints New Global Compact Board Members, Strengthens Focus on Business Engagement". United Nations Global Compact. April 19, 2012. Retrieved April 20, 2012.
  14. ^ Anderson, Becky. "How Turkey's business superwoman steers empire in man's world". cnn.com. Retrieved 16 August 2018.

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