Mustafa Koç

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Person.png Mustafa Koç  Rdf-entity.pngRdf-icon.png
Mustafa Koç.jpg
BornOctober 29, 1960
DiedJanuary 21, 2016 (Age 55)
Cause of death
Heart attack
Alma materGeorge Washington University
ParentsRahmi Koç
SpouseCaroline Koç
Member ofBilderberg/Steering committee, JP Morgan Chase/International Council, Koç family, WEF/Global Leaders for Tomorrow/1993
Turkish businessman. Attended all Bilderbergs from 2004 until his death in 2016

Employment.png Koç Holding/Chair

In office
2003 - 21 January 2016
Succeeded byÖmer Koç

Mustafa Vehbi Koç was chairman of Koç Holding, a position he held from 2003 until his death in 2016 when it was handed over to his brother, Ömer Koç. He was a member of the Bilderberg Steering Committee.


Mustafa Koç was born to Rahmi Koç, the second-generation member of Koç family on October 29, 1960.[1] He had two younger brothers Mehmet Ömer Koç (born 1962) and Ali Yıldırım Koç (born 1967).[1] Graduating from Switzerland’s international boarding high school Lyceum Alpinum Zuoz in 1980, Mustafa Koç received his bachelor's degree in business administration from George Washington University in 1984.[2][1]


After graduation, Koç worked as a consultant at Tofaş. Continuing his career as sales manager and later as assistant general manager for Sales at Ram Dış Ticaret, in 1992, he joined Koç Holding as vice president.[2]

Working at Koç Holding, Turkey's largest industrial conglomerate and the only Turkish company listed in Fortune 500,[3][1] for all of his career, Koç became a board member in 2001. Assuming the responsibility as vice chairman the following year, he took over the position of chairman from Rahmi Koç, his retired father, in 2003.[3][1] Mustafa Koç was also the chairman for the High Advisory Council to TÜSİAD, the Turkish Industry and Business Association, between 2003 until 2015.[2] Between 2006 and 2013, he held office as Honorary Consul for Finland, as well as being a member of Council for Foreign Economic Affairs for the Istanbul Chamber of Industry. Koç also held various international positions during his career, including positions in JP Morgan’s International Council, Rolls Royce International’s Advisory Board, and Bilderberg Meetings’ Executive Board.[4]


Mustafa Koç was awarded the Cavaliere D’Industria medal by the Italian government in 2005.[2]

Death and legacy

Mustafa Koç suffered a heart attack while exercising at his home and died on January 21, 2016.[2][1] He was buried at Zincirlikuyu Cemetery next to his grandfather's grave.[3] A documentary about the legacy of Mustafa Koç was produced in 2017.[5]

Koç was a lifelong sports enthusiast, with his hobbies ranging from sailing and golf, to scuba diving. A sports award named after Mustafa Koç was established in 2017. The "Mustafa V. Koç Sports Award" is judged by the Turkish Olympic Committee.[6]


Events Participated in

Bilderberg/20043 June 20046 June 2004Italy
The 52nd such meeting. 126 recorded guests
Bilderberg/20055 May 20058 May 2005Germany
The 53rd Bilderberg, 132 guests
Bilderberg/20068 June 200611 June 2006Canada
54th Bilderberg, held in Canada. 133 guests
Bilderberg/200731 May 20073 June 2007Turkey
The 55th Bilderberg meeting, held in Turkey
Bilderberg/20085 June 20088 June 2008US
The 56th Bilderberg, Chantilly, Virginia, 139 guests
Bilderberg/200914 May 200917 May 2009Greece
The 57th Bilderberg
Bilderberg/20103 June 20106 June 2010Spain
Hotel Dolce Sitges
The 122 guests met in the Hotel Dolce Sitges, Barcelona, Spain.
Bilderberg/20119 June 201112 June 2011Switzerland
Hotel Suvretta
St. Moritz
59th meeting, in Switzerland, 129 guests
Bilderberg/201231 May 20123 June 2012US
The 58th Bilderberg, in Chantilly, Virginia. Unusually just 4 years after an earlier Bilderberg meeting there.
Bilderberg/20136 June 20139 June 2013Watford
The 2013 Bilderberg group meeting.
Bilderberg/201429 May 20141 June 2014Denmark
Marriott Hotel
The 62nd Bilderberg, with 136 guests, held in Copenhagen
Bilderberg/201511 June 201514 June 2015Austria
The 63rd meeting, 128 Bilderbergers met in Austria
WEF/Annual Meeting/200421 January 200425 January 2004World Economic Forum
2068 billionaires, CEOs and their politicians and "civil society" leaders met under the slogan Partnering for Prosperity and Security. "We have the people who matter," said World Economic Forum Co-Chief Executive Officer José María Figueres.
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