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Kamil Yazici

Founder of the Anadolu Group
 
The Anadolu Group

Turkey

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About Kamil Yazici

Kamil Yazici is a self-made billionaire with a net worth above $1.0 billion. He derived his fortune from the beverages industry.



Kamil Yazici – Early Life



Kamil Yazici was born in the Nigde-Aksaray village of Kayseri-Tomarza and is Turkish by nationality. He was brought up in a middle-class family in Anatolia. As a boy, he worked at his father’s small grocery shop and that was where he learnt the basics of trade and commerce.



Kamil Yazici – The Start of His Career



Kamil Yazici had come to Istanbul for military service when he met his future business partner, ?zzet Özilhan. In 1950, they both set up their first partnership business. They established a hardware shop in Spice Bazaar. The top floor of the shop stocked all kinds of supplies to be sold to Anatolia, their hometown.



The partners further expanded their business by importing Jawa and Skoda vehicles from Czechoslovakia. The formation of Celik Motors laid the foundation for the Anadolu Group which took shape around this time.



Kamil Yazici – The Anadolu Group



As time went by, the Anadolu Group of companies diversified and branched out into the beverage industry. In the year 1969, Anadolu Efes started producing beer with the Efes Pilsen brand. Anadolu Efes is one of the leading beer producers in Turkey claiming a solid market share of above 70%. Meanwhile, their automotive group manufactures imports, and markets automobiles and commercial vehicles.



The successful Anadolu Companies consist of diverse businesses such as their Finance Group, Beverage Group, Automotive Group, Stationery & Food Group, and Healthcare Group. The Group still continues its expansion by diversifying and establishing associations with multi-national brands. They have created a partnership with Coca-cola and have signed the licensed agreements for major players in beer production - the Miller, Beck’s, and Foster's beer brands. They are also a licensor of McDonalds and have tie-ups with Faber-Castell, the stationery brand.



Kamil Yazici – His Active Interest in Basketball



In 1976, the highly successful Efes Pilsen Sports Club was founded. It went on to win the highest number of championships in the Turkish Basketball League and was ranked 3rd in the European League on two occasions. The Efes Pilsen team is the only Turkish team that plays with NBA (National Basketball Association) teams and often gives players to them. The club has also organized several sports training camps to instigate interest in basketball.



Kamil Yazici – Creation of the Anadolu Foundation



Kamil Yazici has remained loyal to his roots in Anatolia, his hometown. Bearing that in mind, the Anadolu Group established a foundation to assist the people of Anatolia. The Anadolu Foundation strives to provide health facilities and education benefits to the residents of the small region. Scholarships were granted to ten thousand meritorious students. The Foundation gave financial aid to earthquake victims who lost their homes and even to the disabled to support them.



Through the Anadolu Foundation, Kamil Yazici has shared the fruits of his hardworking and determination with the people of Anatolia. The Foundation also supports various fields such as sports, healthcare, and culture.

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