Some people know him as an immigrant from Turkey, who came to America and got his slice of the American dream when he build Chobani about six years ago. Recently he surprised his employees by announcing a gift of his 10% of shares to be given to his approximately 2,000 permanent employees. An unexpected gesture that touches everyone’s hearts and made others who are not Chobani’s wish their employers would do the same for them too.
Motivating the team
It was reported that the average award is estimated to be worth tens of thousands of dollars but for some workers could be valued at more than one million dollars. Each one of them receives it in the white package. Included in those is how much value of shares they are getting based on their years of service. With hopes that the employees will continue to give their best towards the company growth, “Now they’ll be working to build the company even more and building their future at the same time,” Hamdi said.
Hamdi is a Kurdish Turk raised in a dairy-farming family in a small village in eastern Turkey. He launched his company in upstate New York in 2007 with the mission and vision of making better food more accessible. All of that In less than five years.
A devoted philanthropist, Hamdi signed The Giving Pledge in 2015 and committed the majority of his wealth to help address the global refugee crisis. To bring entrepreneurial approaches and creative solutions to displaced persons and refugees around the world, he founded the Tent Foundation in the same year. He has been named an Eminent Advocate by the United Nations Refugee Agency (UNHCR) and in 2015 received the United Nations Foundation Global Leadership Award, among other recognitions, for his work with underserved individuals around the world. With the immigrant issue in Europe, especially in Greece, has opened his heart to help them, by setting up a new foundation called Tent.
Hamdi Ulukaya grew up in Erzincan, Turkey, working on his family’s dairy farm and in its feta cheese operation. He came to USA to study English and since then he never stopped building his success. An innocent start as a student at New York’s Adelphi University, learning the English language and then to do graduate work at SUNY. He currently owns the bestselling Greek yogurt company worth billions of dollars in the USA and a is well-known philanthropist with a net worth of $1.8 billion (source: Forbes, as of 5 June 2016).