A Message From Aydın Doğan, Our Founder
I am responsible as a citizen for all the problems of every girl that lives in our country.
All of us long for a higher standard of living and greater welfare for our country and people, and work to achieve these. Our combined efforts are towards ensuring that Turkey keeps up with global developments in science, the arts, culture and technology, and becomes a respected force in the world. At this point, as the Aydın Doğan Foundation, we believe that the education opportunities offered to our youth are no different from seeds planted in fertile soil from which can emerge a strong and respected society. We have mobilized all our resources for raising modern generations that will determine our country’s bright future. The entire Doğan Group has adopted my approach with all its heart, because I believe and know for a fact that investing in the land we were born on, and on which we have grown is a vital responsibility. We therefore, with full commitment continue our work to carry our country forward together with our employees, our business partners and our social shareholders.
With love and respect,
Aydın DOĞAN - Founder And Honorary President Of The Foundation
Aydın Doğan was born in Kelkit in 1936 as the son of one of the well-established families of the region. He completed his primary and secondary education in Kelkit and his high school education in Erzincan. Doğan studied at the İstanbul Economy and Commerce Academy between 1958 and 1961, acting as the chairman of the “Student Community” in this period. After registering with the Mecidiyeköy Tax Office in 1959, he commenced trading in goods such as automobiles, commercial vehicles and construction machines. Doğan, who founded his first private company in 1961, remained a presence in wholesale trade until 1970. Aydın Doğan extended his commercial activities in 1974, founding another company to enter the field of industry. Thereafter, he undertook positions such as İstanbul Chamber of Commerce Council Board Member and Turkey Union of Chambers and Commodity Exchanges Board Member.
Aydın Doğan entered the world of media and publishing through the acquisition of Milliyet Newspaper in 1979 and Hürriyet Newspaper in 1994, thereby intensifying his media presence.
Doğan registered further success in media related work by acting as the head of the Association of Turkish Newspaper Publishers between 1986 and 1996. Aydın Doğan became the first elected Turkish Deputy Chairman at the World Association of Newspapers meeting of 2004.
Doğan, the recipient of countless awards and certificates of merit, was awarded by the Turkish Government Turkey’s Outstanding Service Medal. He received the title of honorary PhD from the University of Kyrenia in 1999 and from Ege University, Bakü State University and Marmara University consecutively in 2000, 2001 and 2005.
While continuing his successful career as a businessman, Aydın Doğan established the Aydın Doğan Foundation in 1996 and gathered all social services he had been providing under one umbrella, focusing the services rendered by his Foundation to education, culture, public health, scientific research, sports and the economy. After the establishment of the foundation, Doğan had numerous schools, dormitories, gymnasiums and parks built, bearing his and his family members’ names. The Aydın Doğan Foundation also started to organize the annual Aydın Doğan International Cartoon Competition, which is one of the world's most prestigious awards, also supporting those studying communication with another award scheme: The Young Communicators Competition. The Aydın Doğan Award has been supporting various cultural and artistic fields, from literature and music, to architecture and the social sciences.
Aydın Doğan has maintained his place among the İstanbul Chamber of Commerce’s highest taxpayers since 1977. He continues the journey begun with three people in 1961 with his direct participation, strategic partnerships and the more than 20,000 employees of his commercial agencies. He has transformed the Doğan Group Companies into one of the largest conglomerates in Turkey that today serves a wide range of consumers. Aydın Doğan is married with four children and seven grandchildren.