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The Oscar of Philanthropy Goes to Koc Family

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Rahmi Koc with the Mike Bloomberg, Mayor of New York City, Sanford Weill, ex-chief executive officer of Citigroup and Gordon Moore, co-founder of Intel. (Photo: Courtesy of TurkishNY.com)

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The Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, a foreign-policy think tank based in Washington, has deemed the Koç Family worthy of the “Carnegie Medal of Philanthropy,” the most prestigious philanthropy award in the world. Turkey's Koc family received the Carnegie Medal of Philanthropy in a ceremony in New York.

Barry Habib: A Guide to Mortgage Markets and a Producer of Broadway Shows

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Barry with his wife Toni.

Barry is the youngest of five children of an immigrant family from Ortakoy, İstanbul. When the family decided to move away in 1958, like any immigrant who desired to come to the U.S., they thought that money lay scattered on the streets and all they had to do was just bend down and picked it up.

A Long Journey from Edirne to the U.S.: The Mitrani Family Adventure

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Norman Belmonte is front of the picture of Edirne Synagogue which his parents got married in 1913.

After 1492 many exiles from Spain came to Edirne (Adrianople), a town in Turkey located in eastern Thrace near the Turkish-Greek-Bulgarian frontier, followed by refugees from Portugal, and Italy as well.
These new immigrants, who had different customs from the Romaniots, established their own congregations (kahal, pl. kehalim) according to their place of origin. In 1656 there were 15 different kehalim, most of them named after locations in Spain, Portugal, and Italy.

A Blessing in Disguise

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“A blessing in disguise,” is the best phrase to describe Hakki Akbulak’s business adventures in the U.S.  Akbulak, a Turkish born businessman, left Turkey when he was 17 to attend a college in Germany, become a CPA, then started to work for KMPG, a global network of professional services firms providing audit, tax and advisory services.

The Brothers' Passion

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Hakki and Erdogan Akbulak, brothers born in Ankara, established AKDO/SILKAR after Erdogan was diagnosed with cancer in 1990.  He came to the United States for treatment, and it was at this critical time that Hakki realized how important it was to spend as much time with his brother as possible. 

How Will Businessmen Survive During the Global Crisis?

On February 7, 2007, the Reuters News Agency sent its subscribers a seven sentence news item. The news item said that the subprime and risky loans of British-based HSBC Holdings had reached 10.5 billion dollars in 2006, and that this was more than 20 percent over what the analysts had been expecting.

Ravini Discovered Shadow

Ravini, which has been operating since 1996 in Turkey’s most important natural stone center of productions, Balıkesir has captured a new trend with the gray marble (Shadow) that it has presented to the American, European and Middle East market.

The Actors in the Ethnic Furniture Market

Vienna, Austria – The total volume of the furniture sector in Austria is estimated to be worth 30 billion dollars. Approximately 700,000 immigrants who live in Austria constitute 15% of this market with 4.5 billion dollars. In addition to the Turkish emigrants, about 500,000 others from countries of the former Yugoslavia, such as Serbia, Bosnia and Slovenia reside in Austria.

He Couldn't Be the Bakery's Driver but Became its Boss

Vienna, Austria - Turkey, which is number one among the countries of the world in consumption of bread, also possesses the technology important in the development of the work of a baker. According to a survey done by the Turkish Public Union in 2006, the annual bread consumption, in kilo/ person,  is 71 in Denmark, 51 in Finland, 62 in Germany, 68 in Italy, 60 in the Netherlands, 58.5 in Spain and goes up to 128 in Turkey.

Sells 400 Tons of Pizza Sauce Annually

Vienna – In the Austrian capital of Vienna, just as in Germany, Turkish entrepreneurs have heavily concentrated on the wholesale food and gastronomy sectors of the market.  The wholesale food buisness is the first to come to mind in cities where Turks make up a big part of the population.  The food wholesale and retail business was born from the need to consume food suited to their own tastes.
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