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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
Sigh: Scorpio
BIOGRAPHY

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.

NET WORTH STATISTIC
2013

$1.1 Billion

2014

$1.4 Billion

2015

$1.35 Billion

2016

$1.8 Billion

2017

$1.7 Billion

2018

$1.79 Billion

TIMELINE
2017

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

2016

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

2015

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

2014

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

2013

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

2012

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

2011

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

2010

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

2009

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

2007

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

2005

"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

2002

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

1997

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

1994

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

1990

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

1972

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

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