2 Mustafa Kemal Ataturk(Founder of the Republic of Turkey,)
4 Rumi(Persian Poet)
Rumi was a Persian poet and Sufi mystic whose spiritual legacy has been attracting praises for the past 800 years! Often described as the best-selling and most popular poet in the US, Rumi's poems are widely read today in many countries. His poetry has influenced the literary traditions of many languages, such as Pashto, Urdu, Chagatai, and Ottoman Turkish.
5 Salt Bae(Restaurateur)
6 Ertuğrul(Osman I's father)
7 Osman I(Political Leader)
Osman I was the founder of the Ottoman dynasty, which ruled the Ottoman Empire between 1299 and 1922. One of the most important historical figures in Turkey, Osman I is often depicted in popular culture. Interestingly, he is also one of the least documented leaders of the Ottoman Turks, making the factual information of his biographies questionable.
8 Uğur Şahin(He is the CEO of BioNTech, which developed one of the major vaccines against COVID-19)
9 Hayreddin Barbarossa(Ottoman admiral)
10 Mahmud of Ghazni(Sultan of the Ghaznavid Empire (998-1030))
Mahmud of Ghazni was the sultan of the Ghaznavid Empire on two separate occasions. He first ascended the throne upon the death of his father, Mahmud, in 1030. However, he was soon overthrown by his twin brother Ma'sud I. Years later, he was reinstated as sultan but was soon executed by his nephew Maw'dud. His entire family was also killed.
11 Ahmed I(Ottoman Emperor)
12 Burak Ozcivit(Film actor)
13 Selim I(ottoman Sultan)
Selim I reigned as the ninth Sultan of the Ottoman Empire. Although his reign lasted only eight years, Selim I is credited for the vast expansion of the Ottoman Empire; his conquest of the entire Mamluk Sultanate of Egypt is widely regarded as his best achievement. A hardworking ruler, Selim was one of the most respected emperors of the Empire.
14 Ibn Taymiyyah(Scholar)
15 Caracalla(Roman emperor)
16 Kivanc Tatlitug(Film actor)
17 Engin Altan Duzyatan(Actor)
18 Çağatay Ulusoy(Model)
19 Antinous(Companion of Hadrian)
Blessed with beguiling beauty, Antinous was quick to catch Roman emperor Hadrian’s attention, who took him as his lover. Antinous died shortly before turning 20, with some calling it a suicide and others suggesting it was a sacrifice. He was deified by Hadrian, who named a city in his honor.
20 Ali Kemal(Journalist)
21 Murad III(Ottoman Sultan)
22 Barıs Arduc(Actor)
Barış Arduç is a Swiss-born Turkish actor best known for his portrayal of Ömer İplikçi in the romantic drama TV series Kiralık Aşk for which he won a couple of Golden Butterfly TV Awards. Also a humanitarian, Arduç has been serving as a goodwill ambassador for an organization called Life Without Cancer Society of Turkey since 2016.
23 Mehmed III(Sultan)
24 Selim II(Sultan of the Ottoman Empire)
Known as a generous Ottoman monarch, Selim II was the successor of the empire’s longest-reigning sultan, Suleiman I. His reign saw his navy decisively defeated by the Holy League in the Battle of Lepanto before the Ottomans regained control of Tunis from Spain. Selim, who was married to Nurbanu Sultan, was noted for helping his subjects during a severe famine.
25 Ibrahim of the Ottoman Empire(Sultan)
26 Cedi Osman(Basketball player)
27 Giga Chikadze(Mixed martial artist)
28 Murad II(Ottoman Sultan)
29 Pliny the Younger(Author, Lawyer)
Pliny the Younger was an author, lawyer, and magistrate of Ancient Rome. Although Pliny the Younger wrote several letters, only 247 of them have survived and are of great historical value as they provide an insight into the relationship between provincial governors and the imperial office at that time.
30 Julian(Roman emperor)
31 Bayezid I(Sultan of Ottoman Empire)
Bayezid I reigned as the Sultan of the Ottoman Empire from 1389 to 1402. He is credited with building one of the largest armies of the world, with which he defeated the Crusaders at Nicopolis in 1396. His only defeat at the Battle of Ankara, which turned out to be fatal, became a subject for writers, painters, and composers.
32 Mehmed IV(Sultan)
33 Emre Mor(Footballer winger or a forward)
34 Recep Tayyip Erdoğan(12th President of Turkey)
Recep Tayyip Erdoğan is a Turkish politician and the current president of Turkey. After founding the Justice and Development Party (AKP), he played a major role in leading the party to election victories and thereby helping AKP become a force to reckon with in Turkey. Described as an authoritarian, his government has restricted access to sites like Wikipedia and YouTube.
Orhan Pamuk is a Turkish novelist, screenwriter, and academic. He is the recipient of the 2006 Nobel Prize in Literature. One of the best-known writers from Turkey, he has sold over 13 million books in 63 languages. He began writing in the 1970s and is the author of several novels and non-fiction works in both English and Turkish.
36 Mahmud II(Sultan of Ottoman Empire)
Mahmud II reigned as the Sultan of the Ottoman Empire from 1808 to 1839. His reign was marked by the extensive military, administrative, and fiscal reforms which he initiated. The reforms that he initiated eventually led to the formation of the modern Turkish Republic. He is also credited with rebuilding a strong naval force for the empire.
37 Hamdi Ulukaya(Entrepreneur)
Hamdi Ulukaya is a Turkish businessman, activist, and philanthropist. He is the founder, owner, chairman, and CEO of Chobani, a company specializing in strained yogurt. Born in Turkey, he immigrated to US as a young man and established his yogurt empire there with no prior experience in the yogurt business. He is also known for donating generously to various causes.
38 Akin Akinozu(Actor)
39 Enver Pasha(Minister of War of the Ottoman Empire (1914-18))
40 Cenk Uygur(Political Commentator & Creator and Host of 'The Young Turks')
Cenk Uygur is a Turkish-American journalist, attorney, media host, and political commentator. He is credited with creating a commentary and sociopolitical news program titled The Young Turks (TYT). He is also credited with co-founding Justice Democrats, a progressive political action committee in the United States.
41 Arda Turan(Footballer)
42 Abdülmecid I(Ruler)
43 Ahmet Ertegün(Co-founder and president of Atlantic Records)
44 Mehmed I(5th Sultan of the Ottoman Empire)
45 Naim Suleymanoglu(Weightlifter)
47 Alexios I Komnenos(Emperor)
48 Heraclius(Emperor of Byzantine Empire)
A skilled military leader, Heraclius was also deeply religious, having once read out passages from the Bible when his men wanted to invade Persia. He also treated his prisoners with respect. He is best remembered for his exploits in the Byzantine–Sasanian War and his clashes with the Arabs.