Who is Acun Ilıcalı? The great entrepreneur

Who is Acun Ilıcalı?

Acun Ilıcalı is an entrepreneur born in Edirne on May 29th, 1969. When we look at Ilıcalı’s professions, we see that Ilıcalı, who has successfully realized entrepreneurship and its derivatives, has also worked as a presenter in many channels and also manages national and international production works. When we look at the organizations he has managed and established and the institutions he has purchased, among them is the Acun Media group, which I think we all know and know. Ilıcalı is the founder of this group.

He is also the owner of the Exxen platform that he developed together with this group. He is also the owner of the TV8 channel, which I think those who are interested in television and those who watch it will know closely. Acun Ilıcalı is also the owner of a football team and is one of the most well-known and well-equipped entrepreneurs in Turkey. The name of this soccer team is Hull City FC. Ilıcalı tried many different careers to find his own path and finally found the job he wanted to do. Among these career paths is sports journalism. First of all, Ilıcalı tried to continue his career as a sports journalist, but then he also turned to different professions.

In addition to these, there is also the profession of media boss. In addition, many documentaries have been made and even books have been written about the professions Ilıcalı has turned to, what he has done throughout his life, what he has done and what he has done. Many of these are enough to understand how well-equipped Acun Ilıcalı is. Ilıcalı, who is also well-equipped with awards, has been deemed worthy of thousands of different awards in many different professions he has done so far and has continued to develop and increase this award pool day by day.

It is also worth mentioning an important award and category that Ilıcalı has been ranked among the top 3 most trusted names in Turkey many times over the last 15 years, which is a very important rank. You all know more or less that he is interested in the media sector. Between 2018 and 2021 (including these years), Ilıcalı is on the list of the 500 most influential business people in the world by Variety, a prestigious weekly magazine (a prestigious magazine in its sector) that provides business information and writes about entertainment. Not only in the media sector, but also in the health sector, cosmetics, digital sectors, education, e-commerce, education, and many other sectors, he has made national and international investments both tangible and intangible.

Ilıcalı is an entrepreneur and a person who should be taken as an example, especially in this sense. In addition to such investments, Ilıcalı, who is also involved in social responsibility projects, has managed to be on both the national and international agenda by taking part in many social responsibility projects. When we look at the early years of Ilıcalı, he is from Erzurum. He completed his primary school education in Edirne and after that, Ilıcalı, who wanted to continue his career, completed his secondary education in Kadıköy Anatolian High School in Istanbul, which many of you know. This high school contributed a lot to him socially and academically and allowed him to improve himself.

When we moved on to university education, he actually studied in the English Language Teaching department, which seems to be irrelevant to Ilıcalı’s profession. The name of the university where he completed this department is Istanbul University. He left his education life at this university and entered business life with it. His first entry into the media sector, which many of you know him, was at the age of 22. When he turned 22, he started to take his steps slowly in this sector and started to carry out the profession of sports reporter on the Show TV channel, which many of you know closely. Ilıcalı, who has made a living as a reporter for years, established his own company, Acun Medya, which is actually the creator of the programs that many of us watch on television, when the years were based on 2004. He founded Acun Medya and turned it into one of the most important and best production companies in Turkey.

His first entry in the list of Turkey’s tax record holders dates back to 2008. When the years date back to 2008, he ranked 1st in this list of tax record holders in his field. In general, he has managed to enter the top 100 every time. When we take a look at Acun Ilıcalı’s career, his career in the media started in the 90s as a sports reporter for some channels in the 90s, and in 2002 he started producing content for Turkey’s most popular TV channels. With the program Acun Firarda, which made him popular in Turkey in general, he traveled to more than 100 countries and achieved great success. Also, when we look at the ratings, he became one of the best and popular names in the country.

I told you about the establishment of Acun Media. When we look at the work done by this production company, they have bought the rights to many programs such as Varısın Yok musun? and Survivor, as well as many other programs such as Yetenek sizsiniz and Master Chef, which are very popular in Turkey, and adapted them to the Turks. These programs were broadcast on television during the golden hours. In 2013, Acun Media incorporated TV 8 into its own structure in order to grow, and from an initial 1% ratings, they became one of the biggest organizations in Turkey.

This success of Acun Media has been the subject and target of books and movies. When the years turned to 2016, Ilıcalı was not satisfied with these achievements and put his innovative and successful spirit to the forefront and created a channel called TV 8.5, which generally includes entertainment content. In a short time, this channel has become one of the most watched channels in Turkey. Ilıcalı did not want to limit his success and actions to the national level and wanted to do international business, and in this context, he made his first attempt in the international context in 2016, when he launched TV 8.5.

In this initiative, he has developed and produced several projects within Greece, and with his company Acun Medya, he has produced O Ses Turkey, Survivor and programs adapted by Acun Medya in Turkey and broadcast them on a television program called Skai TV. The programs on Skai TV reached a viewership of 70%. This is a record for Greek TV. Not wanting to be satisfied with this success around Greece, Ilıcalı wanted to create and broadcast his own program combining sports and reality instead of adapting the programs.

The new competition format he developed (called Exathlon) has been broadcast in the United States, Mexico and other countries and has gained considerable attention and has become one of the most watched programs in these countries. When Ilıcalı saw that the Exathlon program was successful in these countries, they made an agreement with Mexico’s largest media group and Acun Medya provided content production work to Mexico’s most popular TV channels for 3 years. After these works, Acun Medya carries out production activities in a total of 4 continents and 10 countries in the world with its world-famous programs.

In addition, when the years came to 2020, he reached 3 million viewers with his live broadcast on Instagram social media on May 25th of 2020 and broke a world record. Ilıcalı is also a person who is closely interested in sports, and in this context, he became a partner in a team called Fortuna Sittard in the Dutch league and entered this sector. In this context, when the years came to 2021, he ended his partnership with this team and stated that he wanted to buy a team from the English league. As a matter of fact, in 2022, he realized this wish and bought the team named Hull City. It should also be said without forgetting that he wanted to venture into the digital platform business and established the platform called Exxen, which is currently popular around Turkey and contains many series, movies and similar content. This platform is now open to the world.

What is Acun Ilıcalı’s Personal Life Like?

Acın Ilıcalı has had a total of 3 marriages. He has 4 daughters born from these marriages. To talk about their relationships, when the years were 1989, their relationship with Seda Başbuğ came to the point of marriage and they had a daughter named Banu. Acun Ilıcalı, who lost his mother and father in the same car accident when Banu was only 10 months old, divorced his wife Seda Başbuğ exactly 4 years after their marriage in 1993.

A total of 10 years after this divorce, Acun Ilıcalı’s relationship with Zeynep Yılmaz came to the point of marriage, and 2 daughters were born from this marriage. The names of these girls are Leyla and Yasemin. When the years ended in 2016, Acun Ilıcalı divorced Zeynep Yılmaz and started a relationship with Şeyma Subaşı, whom many of us know very well thanks to the media, and who got married in 2017, followed by an eventful divorce and alimony processes. His 4th child, a girl named Melisa, was born from his marriage with Şeyma Subaşı, they divorced in 2018 and Melisa stays with her mother, Şeyma Subaşı.

When talking about himself and his life motto, Acun Ilıcalı states that life is a playground and his biggest passion is to play games and entertain. Looking at his hobbies, he is also interested in areas such as e-sports, which now have a serious place in the world. In addition, Acun Ilıcalı, who is also interested in motorcycles, racing and speed-related vehicles, adrenaline, is a high level basketball and football enthusiast, as you can understand from the fact that he bought a football team. He also supports the Fenerbahçe team in these sports.

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