A Turkish media boss broke a record, paying the highest tax in 2009.
Aydin Dogan, owner of Dogan Media including Hurriyet and Milliyet, paid 19.1 million Turkish liras (TL) (12.7 billion USD) of tax in 2009 and topped other Turkish citizens paying the highest taxes.
According to figures of Tax Income Administration, 86 of 100 top tax payers are from Istanbul, eight are from Ankara, three from Izmir, and one each from Bursa, Isparta and Kocaeli.
Aydin Dogan was the second citizen who paid the highest tax in 2008 with 12.1 million TL (8.06 million USD).
The second Turkish citizen who paid the highest taxes in 2009 was Salvo Taragano, the chairman of the Executive Board of Kurtulus Factoring. He paid 15.6 million TL (10.4 million USD).
Last year's tax record holder, Rahmi Koc was this year's third tax payer with 11.1 million TL (7.4 million USD).
Below are the top 50 tax payers in 2009. One USD is equal to 1.506 TL:
NAME/SURNAME TAX PAID (TL) PROVINCE
1 Aydin Dogan 19.161.631,50 Istanbul
2 Salvo Taragano 15.614.144,46 Istanbul
3 Mustafa Rahmi Koc 11,160,788,98 Ankara
4 Semahat Sevim Arsel 9.587.634,98 Istanbul
5 Wants to remain unanimous 7.986.148,99 Istanbul
6 Mustafa Vehbi Koc 7.312.597,03 Istanbul
7 Hamit Cankut Bagana 7.312.597,03 Istanbul
8 Suna Kirac 6.841.142,78 Istanbul
9 Nezih Barut 6.658.948,44 Istanbul
10 Husnu Mustafa Ozyegin 6.488.220,27 Istanbul
11 Nesrin Esirtgen 5.950.806,50 Istanbul
12 Mehmet Oguz Gursel 5.950.806,50 Ankara
13 Mehmet Omer Koc 5.733.688,53 Istanbul
14 Guner Zeynep Yuceer 5.616.881,31 Istanbul
15 Yildirim Ali Koc 5.603.005,43 Istanbul
16 Turgay Ciner 5.287.421,07 Istanbul
17 wants to stay unanimous 5.225.161,35 Istanbul
18 Murat Ulker 4.027.010,85 Istanbul
19 declined to be identified 4.013.433,81 Kocaeli
20 Ahmed Pekin 4.010.684,06 Istanbul
21 Sarik Tara 3.944.858,94 Istanbul
22 Arzuhan Yalcindag 3.910.556,85 Istanbul
23 declined to be identified 3.718.681,80 Istanbul
24 Izzet Bayraktar 3.613.364,75 Istanbul
25 Hanzade Vasfiye Dogan 3.552.656,65 Istanbul
26 declined to be identified 3.545.797,76 Istanbul
27 Begumhan Dogan Faralyali 3.537.090,05 Istanbul
28 Vuslat Sabanci 3.495.378,80 Istanbul
29 declined to be identified 3.460.088,44 Istanbul
30 Ahsen Ozokur 3.433.542,06 Istanbul
31 Isil Dogan 3.387.825,90 Istanbul
32 declined to be identified 3.269.894,72 Istanbul
33 declined to be identified 3.214.035,65 Istanbul
34 declined to be identified 3.210.359,27 Istanbul
35 Mehmet Fatih Karamanci 3.202.392,52 Istanbul
36 Ali Ibrahimagaoglu 3.201.981,64 Istanbul
37 Bulent Bulgurlu 3.183.881,78 Istanbul
38 declined to be identified 3.160.298,37 Istanbul
39 Sait Koc 3.073.647,05 Ankara
40 declined to be identified 3.018.054,83 Istanbul
41 Hatice Bayraktar 2.999.267,49 Istanbul
42 declined to be identified 2.872.513,18 Istanbul
43 Serra Sabanci 2.865.273,80 Istanbul
44 declined to be identified 2.770.260,93 Istanbul
45 Ali Acun Ilicali 2.668.432,33 Istanbul
46 Suzan Sabanci Dincer 2.647.096,97 Istanbul
47 declined to be identified 2.628.232,49 Istanbul
48 Ahmet Sedid Kurutluoglu 2.602.349,61 Istanbul
49 Recep Gencer 2.592.767,12 Istanbul
50 declined to be identified 2.568.791,17 Istanbul
Below is the list of tax record holders of the last ten years:
YEAR TAX RECORD HOLDER
2009 Aydin Dogan-Istanbul
2008 Rahmi Koc-Ankara
2007 Aydin Dogan-Istanbul
2006 Demir Sabanci-Istanbul
2005 Aydin Dogan-Istanbul
2004 Talip Kahraman-Ankara
2003 Talip Kahraman-Ankara
2002 Cemil Ozgur-Ankara
2001 Aydin Dogan-Istanbul
2000 Demir Sabanci-Istanbul
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