The luxurious life of President Erdogan
A luxurious palace, $ 185 million, and shopaholic wife of President Erdogan.
Even though she claims that she lives the humble and humble life of a pious Muslim woman, everyone knows that nothing is as fond of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s wife, Emine. Speaking of money: Forbes magazine estimated the personal wealth of Turkey’s leader at $ 185 million.
Turkish President Emine’s wife (left) doesn’t get out of shopping tours, preferring designer clothes and expensive antiques. She drinks special white tea for two thousand dollars per kilogram of gilded glasses for $ 350 each, while a quarter of her country's population lives on four dollars a day.
Emine Erdogan’s high life is a kaleidoscope of shopping trips, in which she especially likes to buy designer clothes and expensive antiques.
But the luxurious palace in the outskirts of Ankara deserves special attention. Spread over an area of about four square kilometers, the palace cost about 660 million dollars.They did not spare money for the decoration and furnishing: silk wallpaper of 2.5 thousand dollars per roll, sets of double doors of 47 thousand dollars each. According to the estimates, it took more than 400 large-sized doors of 2 × 3.2 meters with a total cost of 6.6 million. Estimates for 450 single doors exceeded $ 34 million. Carpets of 34 thousand square meters cost more than 9.2 million dollars.
The love of the Turkish President’s wife for shopping tours to the most exclusive boutiques in the world is well known.
According to critics, the Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein, famous for his love of luxury, would have strangled with envy at the sight of Erdogan's palace. Others defame the architecture of the palace, saying that it looks more like a train station in China than something related to the former Ottoman Empire. The building, known as the White Palace, twice exceeded the initial estimate of construction, but Erdogan dismissed criticism, saying that the palace supports the prestige of Turkey in the international arena. When he was asked why he needed a new palace, he said that the reason for this was the cockroaches, who started in his office, where he was still prime minister.
Once, for Emine, the shopping center in Brussels was closed to visitors so that she could arrange designer shopping for herself.
When the construction of the palace began, Erdogan said that only natural materials produced in Turkey would be used. But opponents who saw the architectural plans say that the roof was made in Germany, and the marble for living rooms was purchased in India. Other building materials came from the UK, France and Italy. Even the trees planted in the vast territory of the palace, bought in Italy and the Netherlands.
Accompanying her spouse during an official visit to Warsaw, Emine lowered almost 50 thousand dollars at an antiques fair.
Erdogan regards the White Palace as a reward for bringing the country to prosperity, but others point this out as a sign of growing authoritarianism. During an attempted military coup July 15, F-16 bombers fired at the palace, but the damage was not yet known. This palace is not only the residence of Erdogan, but also the command and control center. As in the White House in the United States, there is a safe room in case of emergency, as well as bunkers that are able to withstand a biological, chemical and nuclear attack.
Erdogan's love for luxury is shared by his wife Emine.One of the newspapers supporting the Erdogan party tried to present the 60-year-old first lady as a person who watches every penny in the family budget, which is why the opponents sneered for a long time. The article was written, as Emine, instead of throwing lemon and apple peels, collects them and cooks vinegar from them, and uses olive stones for making sauces. The material advised to follow Emine’s example and drink white tea from the Turkish region of Rize. Only journalists forgot to mention that it costs two thousand dollars per kilogram. On the Internet after this article, Erdogan and his wife were called hypocrites.
The Erdoganov family loves to have fun in his palace for 660 million dollars in the suburb of Ankara.
Emine is known for her love of designer clothes and bags. In October 2015, during a trip to Brussels, Emine’s bodyguards blocked the entrance to the shopping center, where the wife of the Turkish president chose Longchamp bags. At this time, her husband met with leaders of the EU countries to discuss solutions to the crisis of migrants.
The President and his wife hold luxury banquets at the state-owned Dolmabahce Palace in Istanbul.
This year, Emine stated that the harems of the Ottoman Empire were "inspiring" educational institutions. The statement provoked discontent, but the next day Erdogan himself eclipsed his wife’s words, saying in his speech devoted to the International Women's Day that a woman is primarily a mother. In general, public criticism of the Erdoganov family is rare, because those who speak out are in prison.
Palace for 660 million dollars spread over an area of more than 4 square kilometers. Nobody saved on its decoration and furnishing.
According to Forbes magazine, the 62-year-old Turkish leader topped the list of the most highly paid politicians, with an income of 57 million dollars. It is estimated that his personal fortune is estimated at 185 million dollars, including investments in stocks and a substantial portfolio of real estate. He also owns several restaurants, the Istanbul Angels football team and his own brand of vodka.
Emine and Recep Tayyip Erdogan.
Silk wallpapers of 2.5 thousand dollars per roll, sets of doors of 47 thousand dollars each, and all this - in hundreds of rooms of the palace.
Erdogan regards the palace as a reward for bringing prosperity to the country, but critics call it a sign of growing authoritarianism.