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Hamdi Ulukaya

Founder and CEO, Chobani
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Net worth 2018: $1.79 Billion
Residence: Norwich, New York
Country: Turkey
BirthDay: 26 October 1972
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Hamdi Ulukaya was bornon 26 October 1972 in Norwich, New York, Turkey, is Founder and CEO, Chobani. Hamdi Ulukaya is #1304 in List Billionaires People In The World. Yogurt Turkish immigrant popularized Greek yogurt in the U.S. Started in an old Kraft factory, his Chobani yogurt eventually took off, and today the company is raking in $1 billion in sales per year. Ulukaya gave away a tenth of Chobani's equity to his workers and is actively hiring refugees.


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Ulukaya was featured by CBSNews’ 60 Minutes on April 9, 2017 in a segment called “Chief of Chobani” that focused on his approach to business and philanthropy


In 2016, Ulukaya was invited to join the Special Olympics International Board of Directors


In November 2015, Ulukaya was honored by the Children's Aid Society with their Corporate Leadership Award


Also in 2014, the Culinary Institute of America honored him with its Leadership Award (Augie Award) in the Health and Wellness category


In 2013 he added the Chobani Bite, a small-size yogurt with flavors including chocolate; Chobani Flip, yogurt with a separate section of toppings; and Chobani Simply 100, marketed as the first and only 100-calorie Greek yogurt made with only natural ingredients


In 2012, he opened Chobani SoHo, a retail yogurt cafe in Manhattan's trendy SoHo district


With an eye on Australian and Asian markets, in 2011 Ulukaya acquired Melbourne dairy producer Bead Foods, and began manufacturing and selling Chobani in Australia


In 2010 he established the company's charitable arm, the Chobani Shepherd's Gift Foundation, now called the Chobani Foundation, to manage this philanthropy


After BJ's and Costco began carrying Chobani in 2009, the company doubled its sales every year through 2013


In October 2007, he shipped his first order of Chobani, a few hundred cases, to a grocer on Long Island


"In the spring of 2005, Ulukaya noticed a piece of junk mail advertising a fully equipped yogurt factory for sale in South Edmeston, New York, 65 miles (105 km) west of his feta cheese factory


When the imported cheese proved popular, Ulukaya opened a small wholesale feta cheese plant of his own, called Euphrates, in Johnstown, New York in 2002


In 1997 he moved upstate and transferred to the University at Albany, State University of New York where he enrolled in a few business courses


After studying political science at Ankara University, in 1994 Ulukaya moved to the United States to study English at Adelphi University on Long Island, New York


He was briefly married in the late 1990s to New York City doctor Ayşe Giray


Hamdi Ulukaya was born in 1972 to a Kurdish family in Turkey

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