01 Mar 2008
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Husnu Ozyegin (MBA ’69) is the richest man in Turkey, and he’s enjoying his wealth by giving lots of it away. Since 2000, he’s doled out some $50 million, building 36 primary schools and girls’ dormitories in Turkey’s poorest regions, the New York Times (December 14, 2007) reported. “If I can have an impact on 1 million Turkish people in the next ten years, I will be happy,” he declared.
The founder and chairman of Istanbul-based Finansbank, Ozyegin said of his self-made success, “I’m first generation; that gives me satisfaction. Getting to the top is not so easy; staying there is more difficult.” Ozyegin sees education as Turkey’s major challenge. In addition to his support for public schools, he plans to spend $1 billion over the next 15 years to establish a private university. “My vision is that we can train and export people like India does. I want Turkey to have the same education levels as Europe 25 years from now.”
Class of MBA 1969, Section A