Berat Albayrak

Berat Albayrak
Minister of Energy and Natural Resources
Assumed office
24 November 2015
Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu
Binali Yıldırım
Preceded by Ali Rıza Alaboyun
Member of the Grand National Assembly
Assumed office
7 June 2015
Constituency Istanbul (I) (June 2015, Nov 2015)
Personal details
Born (1978-01-01) 1 January 1978
Istanbul, Turkey
Political party Justice and Development Party
Spouse(s) Esra Erdoğan
Alma mater Istanbul University
Pace University

Berat Albayrak (born 1 January 1978) is a Turkish businessman and politician. He is the former CEO of Çalık Holding; an MP since June 2015, and Minister of Energy and Natural Resources since November 2015. He is the son-in-law of the President of Turkey, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan.

Early life

Berat Albayrak was born on 1 January 1978, the son of Sadık Albayrak, a journalist and politician. He was educated at İstanbul University's School of Business Administration.


Çalık Holding

He joined Çalık Holding in 1999, and was appointed financial director of their US office in 2002 while he studied for an MBA at the Lubin School of Business, Pace University in New York City. In 2004, Albayrak was appointed as the US country manager of Çalık.

Upon his return to Turkey in 2006, Albayrak first served as assistant general manager of financial affairs in Çalık, and was appointed as CEO of Çalık Holding in 2007.[1][2]

Albayrak was CEO of Çalık until late 2013.[3]

Domestic politics

Albayrak became a member of the Parliament with the ruling AKP Party after the elections of 7 June 2015. On 24 November, he was appointed Minister for Energy and Natural Resources in the 64th Government of Turkey under the premiership of Ahmet Davutoğlu.[4]

Albayrak also headed some important energy projects for Çalık.

International politics

Albayrak's alleged role in the sale of oil by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL)[5] has led to calls for his prosecution in the United States.[6]

Personal life

Albayrak married Esra Albayrak (née Erdoğan) in July 2004.[3] They have three children; Ahmet Akif (b. 2006), Emine Mahinur (b. 2009) and Sadık (b. 2015).[7]


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