Hamdi Ulukaya launched Chobani Greek Yogurt in 2007, and five years later, the brand became the No. 1–selling Greek Yogurt in the U.S. with more than a billion dollars in annual sales. Chobani has been one of the fastest growing companies in history, founded upon a vision that’s effectively transformed an entire food category. Led by his passion to democratize better food for more people, Chobani gives 10% of its profits to support organizations with similar values.
In 2015, Hamdi signed The Giving Pledge and committed the majority of his personal wealth to help end to the global refugee crisis. He also launched his personal foundation, Tent, to support this commitment. Tent is a vehicle to deliver critical support, partnership, policies, awareness and urgently needed assistance to refugees and displaced people.
Hamdi was named an Eminent Advocate by the United Nations Refugee Agency (UNHCR) and is a member of the Presidential Ambassadors for Global Entrepreneurship (PAGE). In 2015, Hamdi received a United Nations Foundation Global Leadership Award, the American Turkish Society's Humanitarian Award, and the Children's Aid Society Corporate Leadership award for his humanitarian commitment to refugees and those in need. He received the 2013 Ernst & Young World Entrepreneur Of The Year award and the Small Business Administration’s Entrepreneurial Success Award. Hamdi sits on the boards of the American Turkish Council, The American Turkish Society, The Federal Reserve Bank of New York and Pathfinder Village for Down syndrome. He is also Vice Chair of the Corporate Fund Board of the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C.
He resides in New Berlin, NY.