Our Founder

Our founder, Mr. Vehbi Koç was born in Ankara in 1901. He studied at the Ankara Preparatory School.  He began his business life in 1917. In 1926, he took over his father's firm and registered it as "Koçzade Ahmet Vehbi" with the Ankara Chamber of Commerce.  In 1955, he established Arçelik, Turkey's largest private industrial company today. He set up many more businesses and industries after Arçelik. He established Koç Holding, Turkey's first holding, in 1963. 

Vehbi Koç and Social Responsibility:
Ankara University School of Medicine, Vehbi Koç Eye Bank (1963)
Istanbul University School of Medicine, Cardiology Institute (1964)
Turkish Educational Foundation (1967)
Vehbi Koç Foundation (1969) 
Sadberk Hanım Museum (1980) 
Turkish Family Health and Planning Foundation (1985)  

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