Cigdem Sabanci Bilen was born in Turkey. Cigdem Sabanci Bilen returns to the billionaires list as her family's holding group thrives. Her stake in Akbank is up 21% over the past year. She is the sister of billionaire Suzan Sabanci Dincer and granddaughter of Sabanci Group founder Haci Omer Sabanci. Her husband Faruk Bilen joined the Sabanci Group in 1996 and has been chief financial officer of Sabanci Holding since 1977. He is also a board member of various Sabanci Group companies.