100 smartest people in the UAE
Tue 26 Sep 2017 12:04 AM
Saygin Yalcin

Designation: Serial entrepreneur

Country: Germany

Country of residence: Germany

Yalcin was once on track to become a plastic surgeon, before suddenly turning his back on a voluntary internship after a nurse told him he would be a terrible doctor, but a great businessman. Yalcin took the feedback literally, going back to school in Germany, Mexico and the US until he received his MBA. He sold his first company – an online retailer that specialised in handbags and jewellery – to one of Russia’s largest online fashion brands and moved to Dubai, still aged only 24.

His next venture was sukar.com, an online fashion retailer that was purchased by Souq.com in 2012, making him an early partner before it was acquired by Amazon. Today, he most well-known for founding sellanycar.com and he shares his tips of the trade to almost a million fans on Instagram and YouTube.