Chobani's Turkish founder pledges $2M for refugees

Staff Writer
Columbus CEO

The Turkish-born founder of New York yogurt-maker Chobani (choh-BAH'-nee) is pledging $2 million for refugees fleeing violence back home.

Hamdi Ulukaya (HAHM'-dee yoo-luh-KY'-uh) promised the money on Thursday to help those caught up in fighting along the Iraq and Syria borders with Turkey. The region has been targeted by the militant Islamic State group.

Ulukaya says initial donations will go to the International Rescue Committee and the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees.

Ulukaya is a Kurdish Turk who moved to the United States in the 1990s. He launched Chobani Greek Yogurt in New Berlin, New York, in 2007. Chobani LLC has more than $1 billion in annual sales.