2013 award winner

EY - Hamdi Ulukaya

Hamdi Ulukaya
Chobani, Inc.

EY Entrepreneur Of The Year 2012, United States
EY World Entrepreneur Of The Year 2013

When it comes to making yogurt, Turkish-born entrepreneur Hamdi Ulukaya has the magic touch. Chobani Greek Yogurt, which he launched in 2007, is already the best-selling brand of yogurt in the US. Hamdi bought a closed-down yogurt factory and founded his company Chobani. In 2009, Hamdi signed a major deal with leading US grocery wholesaler Costco, and today Chobani’s annual sales are approaching US$1b. It has a workforce of more than 2,200 people and sells its products in US, Australia and the UK. Chobani’s newest US manufacturing facility is the largest yogurt factory in the world. As an immigrant, Hamdi believes in embracing change and improving communities, so 10% of Chobani’s profits are donated to the company’s charitable foundation, Shepherd’s Gift Foundation. The company is an official sponsor of the US Olympic team, and its corporate philosophy is “Nothing but good.”