Mehmet Sepil was born in Turkey. Longtime entrepreneur founded Genel Energy in 2001 to extract oil in Iraqi Kurdistan. His partner in the company: fellow Turkish billionaire Mehmet Karamehmet. Genel Energy now has 6 fields in Northern Iraq. An earlier venture, Epik Construction, did infrastructure work in Kosovo and Afghanistan. Lives in Ankara and Istanbul; often travels to London. Goes to Northern Iraq once a month. Worked in the U.S. for five years in the 1980s.