Acun Ilıcalı

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Acun Ilıcalı
Acun Ilıcalı.jpg
Ilıcalı in November 2010
Born Ali Acun Ilıcalı[1]
(1969-05-29) 29 May 1969 (age 49)
Ilıca, Erzurum, Turkey
Nationality Turkish
Occupation Sport journalist, TV personality and producer
Years active 1993–present
Seda Basbuğ
(m. 1988; div. 1993)

Zeynep Yılmaz
(m. 2003; div. 2016)

Şeyma Subaşı (m. 2017)
Children 4
Website &

Ali Acun Ilıcalı (born 29 May 1969) is a Turkish television personality and producer. He is also the founder and VP of "Acun Medya" and also the owner of Turkish TV channel TV8.


Acun Ilıcalı was born on May 29, 1969, in Edirne to a family that originated from Ilıca, Erzurum. He completed his elementary education in Edirne. He went to secondary school in İstanbul at Kadıköy Maarif College and Anatolian High School. Ilıcalı, who started higher education at the Istanbul University, Department of English Language Teaching, continued to study at the university for seven years, but later abandoned the department and dropped out.[2][3]

Ilıcalı started his business endeavours with his father Ergün, founding a small clothing shop on Bağdat Caddesi. Things did not turn out as he expected, so when Acun was 21, the shop went bankrupt. After that disappointing first experience, he started working as a reporter at Show TV.[4] After working several years there, Ilıcalı created his production company in 2004 and his company became one of the most successful companies of Turkey. In 2008, Ilıcalı was named among the tax record holders in Turkey.[5] In late 2013, he expanded his investments by acquiring television channel TV8.


Ilıcalı started his television career as a sports reporter, and got promoted due to his success. After years of experience, he started his own show in which he travelled around the world. The show had such a great success that it enabled him to be known nationwide. The show was the first product of his company Acun Medya. Ilıcalı became both host and producer of the shows. His company Acun Media established the internet site "" in 2011.[6]

The company broadcast television shows such as O Ses Türkiye (Turkish version of The Voice), Yetenek Sizsiniz Türkiye (Turkish version of the Got Talent series), Survivor, Var mısın? Yok musun? (Turkish version of Deal or No Deal) and Yok Böyle Dans (Turkish version of Dancing with the Stars).

Iıcalı bought the TV channel "TV8" in partnership with Doğuş Media Group in 2013.[7][8] On his new channel, he has started new programmes like Utopia[9] and Rising Star Türkiye.

Ilıcalı, who was also a partner of the shopping channel "MNG Shop" (later called Shop90) alongside TV8,[10] closed Shop90in 2016, and instead started the channel "TV8.5", a sports and entertainment channel.[11]

Personal life[edit]

Ilıcalı has been married three times, and has four children. He married Seda Başbuğ in 1988 when he was 19 years old. Ilıcalı, who has a daughter named Banu from his first marriage, lost his parents in a traffic accident ten months after the birth of his first daughter.[12] In 1993, he got divorced from his first wife Seda. He was married to Zeynep Ilıcalı in 2003 and they have two daughters named Leyla and Yasemin. In 2010, Acun admitted to having an affair with Şeyma Subaşı. During the trial of his divorce with his second wife due to his infidelity, Acun's wealth was revealed to be around Turkish lira symbol 8x10px.png50 million which was equivalent to 25 million euros at the time.[13] Later he reconciled with his wife and the divorce was stopped. In late 2013, he had his fourth child Melisa with his then-girlfriend and current wife Şeyma Subaşı.


  1. ^ [1][dead link]
  2. ^'dan "Acun Ilıcalı biyografisi" Retrieved 12 July 2015
  3. ^ "Acun Ilıcalı kimdir? Biyografi". 
  4. ^'dan "Survivor Acun Ilıcalı nasıl başarılı oldu?" Retrieved 12 July 2015
  5. ^ [2][dead link]
  6. ^'dan "Acun Ilıcalı'nın hayat hikayesi" Retrieved 11 July 2015
  7. ^'dan "Acun Tv8'i kaça satın aldı?" Retrieved 12 July 2015
  8. ^'den "Acun Ilıcalı kimdir?" Retrieved 11 July 2015
  9. ^ [3][dead link]
  10. ^'dan "Acun Ilıcalı Tv8'den sonra ikinci kanalı da aldı" Erişim tarihi: 12 Temmuz 2015
  11. ^ "Acun Ilıcalı'dan yeni kanalı TV8,5 ile ilgili flash karar". 21 Ekim 2016. Archived from the original on 15 March 2018. Retrieved 14 March 2018. 
  12. ^ "Acun Ilıcalı'nın kızı Banu Ilıcalı'nın bilinmeyen hayatı". Hürriyet. 26 September 2016. Archived from the original on 15 March 2018. Retrieved 14 March 2018. 
  13. ^ "Acun Ilucalı'ya Karısından Ağır Suçlamalar". Milliyet. 2010-11-27. 

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