Selahattin Beyazit

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Born5 July 1931
Died21 January 2022 (Age 90)
Alma materGalatasaray High School, Cambridge Univeristy
ChildrenMurat Beyazıt
Member ofBilderberg/Steering committee
Interests • John Moore-Brabazon
• Max Thornburg
One of the biggest industrialists in Turkey and member of the Bilderberg Steering committee.

Selahattin Beyazit was Turkish businessman, industrialist and member of the Bilderberg Steering committee.

Selahattin Beyazit, who ranked third among the income tax record holders in 1976, became famous as one of the biggest industrialists in Turkey.

Early life

Selahattin Beyazit was born in 1931 in Doğubayazıt, in eastern Anatolia. His grandfather, Ibrahim Aga, a Kurdish tribesman, participated in the Kurdish rebellion around Mount Ararat in 1930 and was included in the exile list of 17 people. Later, his son Mehmet came to Istanbul with 2 tins of gold. Mehmet Beyazit became rich by buying and selling real estate and trading animals. Growing up in Istanbul, Selahattin Beyazit graduated from Galatasaray High School in 1950. After graduating from High School in Istanbul, he graduated from Cambridge University in England.[1]

While Selahattin Beyazit was doing his military service in Ankara as a reserve officer, he was assigned as a translator to the American economist Max Thornburg, who came to Ankara many times to evaluate the state of the Turkish economy in the years following the Marshall aid, due to his good command of English.

Beyazit, who constantly turned down the parliamentary offers of Adnan Menderes and Süleyman Demirel, later served as Adnan Menderes's private secretary, albeit for a short time. In 1975-1978, in the period when relations with the USA intensified, he did not engage in politics despite all his father's insistence.

While Selahattin Beyazit was studying at Cambridge University in England, Lord Brabazon of Tara, Speaker of the House of Lords, assumed patronage over Beyazit. Lord Brabazon had Beyazit accepted to the Bilderberg Group and a Masonic Lodge at that time. His father had close relations with Lord Brabazon.[2]


Selahattin Beyazit, who ranked third among the income tax record holders in 1976, became famous as one of the biggest industrialists in Turkey.

Selahattin Beyazit served as the Turkey representative of Leyland trucks and Shell Petrol Company, and later established Beyazit Group of Companies and assumed the Chairmanship of the Board of Directors. In November 2004, after Bulent Eczacibapi's resignation, he took over the Chairmanship of Türk Pirelli's Board of Directors. [1]

In addition to the metal, real estate and automotive industries, he achieved a rapid growth performance in the field of ship ownership. Beyazit, who has strong political and economic friendships, was also closely interested in football.


Selahattin Beyazit's relations with the Bilderberg Group began in the 1960s, almost at the same time as Muharrem Nuri Birgi, when he was Ambassador to Paris, London and NATO. During this period, they became such close friends that Birgi, who died childless because he never married, left all his wealth to Beyazit.

Beyazit served as Bilderberg Turkey Representative between 1972-1992 and personally determined the names of Bilderberg members and Bilderberg conference participants. In 1992, he handed over his duty to Suna Kıraç, Deputy Chairman of Koç Holding Board of Directors.

Over time, Beyazit became so powerful within the Bilderberg Group that the British governments sought Beyazit's opinion before presenting the credentials of the ambassadors to be sent to Turkey.

The 1975 Çesme Altın Yunus Bilderberg Meeting was held upon the insistent request of Selahattin Beyazit. The names of the participants were determined by Beyazit himself: Süleyman Demirel, Prime Minister Bulent Ecevit, Ihsan Sabri Caglayangil, Turan Feyzioglu, İhsan Doğramacı, Nuri Birgi, Oğuz Gökmen, Hasan Isik Kâmran İnan, GUIten Kazgan Memduh Yaşa, Halil Tunç, Selcuk Yasar, and Selahattin Beyazit joined.

NATO Secretary General Joseph Luns and World Bank President Robert McNamara also attended the meeting. There were only 2 female members among the close to one hundred men who attended. prof. Dr. Gülten Kazgan and Margaret Thatcher as the leader of the British Conservative Party. It was Beyazit who brought Thatcher to the meeting. In this context, it has been said that "Beyazit paved the way for Thatcher to become prime minister."[1]


Selahattin Beyazit served as the chairman of Galatasaray Sports Club for two terms between 1969-1973. After being the chairman of Mustafa Pekin between 1973-1975, he was the chairman of Galatasaray again between 1975-1979

Selahattin Beyazıt, Chairman of the Board of Beyazıt Group of Companies. He was also the Chairman of Türk Pirelli's Board of Directors. He is also the father of Murat Beyazıt, who is also the owner of the toy retailer Toyiki. In addition, he owned a large number of real estate properties.

He was the chairman of the football club Galatasaray 1969-1973 and 1975-1979[3]. During this period, the football team won 9 cups (League Championship-3, TSYD Cup-2, Federation Cup-2, President's Cup-2).

He died on January 21, 2022. His body, which was buried in Zincirlikuyu Cemetery.[4]


Events Participated in

Bilderberg/197123 April 197125 April 1971US
Woodstock Inn
The 20th Bilderberg, 89 guests
Bilderberg/197221 April 197223 April 1972Belgium
Hotel La Reserve
The 21st Bilderberg, 102 guests. It spawned the Trilateral Commission.
Bilderberg/197311 May 197313 May 1973Sweden
The meeting at which the 1973 oil crisis appears to have been planned.
Bilderberg/197419 April 197421 April 1974France
Hotel Mont d' Arbois
The 23rd Bilderberg, held in France
Bilderberg/197525 April 197527 April 1975Turkey
Golden Dolphin Hotel
The 24th Bilderberg Meeting, 98 guests
Bilderberg/197722 April 197724 April 1977Imperial Hotel
The 25th Bilderberg, held in Torquay, England.
Bilderberg/197821 April 197823 April 1978US
New Jersey
Princeton University
The 26th Bilderberg, held in the US
Bilderberg/197927 April 197929 April 1979Austria
Clubhotel Schloss Weikersdorf
27th Bilderberg, 95 guests, Austria
Bilderberg/198018 April 198020 April 1980Germany
The 28th Bilderberg, held in West Germany, unusually exposed by the Daily Mirror
Bilderberg/198115 May 198117 May 1981Switzerland
Palace Hotel
The 29th Bilderberg
Bilderberg/198214 May 198216 May 1982Norway
The 30th Bilderberg, held in Norway.
Bilderberg/198313 May 198315 May 1983Canada
Château Montebello
The 31st Bilderberg, held in Canada
Bilderberg/198411 May 198413 May 1984Sweden
The 32nd Bilderberg, held in Sweden
Bilderberg/198510 May 198512 May 1985New York
Arrowwood of Westchester
Rye Brook
The 33rd Bilderberg, held in Canada
Bilderberg/198625 April 198627 April 1986Scotland
Gleneagles Hotel
The 34th Bilderberg, 109 participants
Bilderberg/198724 April 198726 April 1987Italy
35th Bilderberg, in Italy, 106 participants
Bilderberg/19883 June 19885 June 1988Austria
The 36th meeting, 114 participants
Bilderberg/198912 May 198914 May 1989Spain
La Toja Island
37th Bilderberg meeting, 110 guests
Bilderberg/199010 May 199013 May 1990New York
Glen Cove
38th Bilderberg meeting, 119 guests
Bilderberg/19916 June 19919 June 1991Germany
Steigenberger Hotel Badischer Hof
The 39th Bilderberg, 114 guests
Bilderberg/199221 May 199224 May 1992France
Royal Club Evian
The 40th Bilderberg. It had 121 participants.
Bilderberg/199322 April 199325 April 1993Greece
Nafsika Astir Palace Hotel
The 41st Bilderberg, held in Greece
Bilderberg/19942 June 19945 June 1994Finland
The 42nd Bilderberg, in Helsinki.
Bilderberg/19958 June 199511 June 1995Greece
Nafsika Astir Palace Hotel
The 43rd Bilderberg. Held at the Burgenstock Hotel in Burgenstock, Switzerland.
Bilderberg/199630 May 19962 June 1996Canada
The 44th Bilderberg, held in Canada
Bilderberg/199712 June 199715 June 1997US
Lake Lanier
Georgia (State)
The 45th Bilderberg meeting
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