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Interview

Chobani billionaire shares wealth and experience with Kurdistan

By Majeed Gly 25/7/2015
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NEW YORK—Kurdish entrepreneur and founder of America's most popular yogurt brand Chobani, Hamdi Ulukaya, is traveling to the Kurdistan Region this fall to visit two refugee camps funded by his company.

Ulukaya,  will also visit Halabja where he has built a playground and hopes to share his story of entrepreneurship with Kurdish university students. 

Ulukaya was born in 1972 to a Kurdish family in Turkey. His family owned a sheep, goat, and dairy farm near the Euphrates River, making cheese and yogurt.

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

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

Ulukaya is known for his charity works, astonishing business success and also his commitment to making delicious and nutritious foods using only natural ingredients.

Recently, Ulukaya pledged to give half of his estimated US$1.3 billion to charity and in this exclusive Rudaw interview he talks about his plans for helping refugees in the Kurdistan Region and the rest of the Middle East.


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Roj | 25/7/2015
He gives to people our leaders steal from people.
Fener Sevedien | 25/7/2015
This man is absolutly amazing. May god bless him !!
United Kurdistan | 25/7/2015
Kurds are proud of man like you. From kucher, zozan,village, here you are billioner and real Kurd. I alway want to hear from you and this wath I was hoping to hear from you. How I wish every single Kurd would be successfull like you., Long live real Kurds, long live Apo, long live Kurdistan frainds.......
Hans Guderian | 25/7/2015
There you go man. Instead of giving support to terror, such acts are the light for our future.
rahim | 25/7/2015
That was excellent report. We kurds should be proud to have such nice humanbeen such Mr. Chobani who is down to the earth. As a Kurd when I was watching his interview, I call my kids to listen to his words and learn the lesson of life. Keep up good work Mr. Chobani, you are a good man. Long live Kurdistan.
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