Capital: € 50 million
Age: 68
Born: 01/01/1952
Country of origin: Turkey
Source of wealth: Singer
Last updated: 2022

Short introduction

Ibrahim Tatlises (Kurdish Îbrahîm Tatlises, Turkish Ibrahim Tatlises; born 1952) is a Turkish singer in the Arabic style. Performs songs in Turkish and Kurmanji.

Early life

Born on January 1, 1952 in Turkey in Sanliurfa in an Arab-Kurdish family. The last name at birth is “Tatli”, which means “sweet” in Turkish. After Ibrahim went on stage, he adopted the pseudonym Tatlises, which means “sweet voice”. Tatlises was born into a very poor family and was one of seven children. He worked on a construction site for a long time. There, one of the filmmakers from the city of Adana once heard his voice, whereupon Ibrahim began to appear on stages in various Adana cafés and then in Ankara and Istanbul.


In 1975 Tatlises released his first record entitled “Ayaginda Kundura”. In total, more than 40 albums of the singer have been released. Ibrahim Tatlises also made and played in various films, produced talk shows, worked as a director, screenwriter, wrote poems, worked as a journalist and composer. Companies owned by Ibrahim Tatlisses specialize in construction, food, film and music, technology, tourism, aviation and automobile manufacturing, publishing, etc.

In the elections in July 2007, Ibrahim Tatlises ran as a member of the youth party in Istanbul, but did not receive the minimum votes required for the elections.

In the mid-2000s, Ibrahim Tatlises founded his own music channel Tatlises TV, on which his clips and clips of well-known Turkish pop singers (Mustafa Sandal, Sibel Jan, Mahsun Kirmyzygyul, Hussein Turan) “turned”. There was also a musical talk show Ibo Show on the channel, in which Ibrahim Tatlises was the permanent host until early 2011.

On March 14, 2011, Ibrahim Tatlises was attacked after the Ibo Show in Istanbul, causing severe head injuries and miraculous survival. About 11 bullets were fired from a submachine gun into the singer’s car, which left the territory of the television center on the main street. 4 balls hit Tatlises, the rest was accounted for by his assistant. In Germany, the singer underwent two operations, one of which lasted 4.5 hours. Tatlises was in a coma for some time, after which he underwent a long rehabilitation course, but was unable to fully recover: speech and movement coordination are impaired, the singer’s left hand practically does not work.

A few months after the September 2011 attack, Tatlises married Aishegyul Yilmaz in the hospital bed, with whom he had a romantic relationship for about 12 years. However, the marriage did not last long: in early December 2013, the couple divorced because of the singer’s infidelity. In April 2013, Aishegyul Yilmaz Ibrahim Tatlises gave birth to a daughter, Elif Ada, who became the sixth child of the “emperor of Turkish pop music”. In April 2012, Tatlises appeared for the first time after an attempted murder on national television, where he received the award for “great success in his work”.

Career highlights

In the 1980s, the Turkish government banned the use of Kurdish. At a concert in Sweden in December 1986, he had sung Kurdish folk songs and was therefore charged with separatist propaganda, but was found not guilty in 1987. The indictment was dismissed after he showed regret. In 1988, at a cultural festival in Usak, he was asked by businessman Mehmet Yilmaz to sing a Kurdish folk song, but refused, saying, “I am Kurdish, but the law prohibits me from singing in Kurdish.” He was charged with this on September 19, 1988.

In 1994 there were indications that Turkish guerrilla counter-organizations attacked Kurdish business people, including Tatlises, Idris Ozbir, Halis Toprak and Necdet Ulucan. In 1998 it was reported that Tatlises had offered to act as an intermediary between the government and the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) during the armed conflict. He recorded a song with the Iranian Kurdish musician Abdollah Alijani Ardeshir.

In 2018, he publicly supported the Turkish military operation in Afrin against the civil protection units.

On March 14, 2011, he was attacked and seriously injured on the head. At 00:30 local time, he and his spokeswoman, Buket Çakici, were shot by unknown attackers after leaving the office of Turkish private broadcaster Beyaz TV after his weekly television program. When they got into their vehicle, Tatlises was hit by a bullet that entered the back of his head and emerged through the front. Çakici was also hit in the neck, but survived the attack. The perpetrators carried Kalashnikov rifles and fled in a black car. He was taken to the Acibadem Hospital in Istanbul for emergency treatment. He underwent a four-hour operation to have the remaining bullets removed. After that he was in a stable condition. He regained consciousness five days later. After a week, the doctors announced that he would be well. Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan visited him and announced that he is recovering well. The Turkish police arrested around 20 people involved in the attack. On April 7, Tatlises left the Acibadem Hospital with a police escort and traveled to Ataturk International Airport, where the Ministry of Health’s Hawker 900XP ambulance flight flew to Germany for intensive rehabilitation at the Murnau Trauma Clinic.


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