He founded the Crazy Johns mobile phone stores in 1991 (their tribute here) – now there are 120 stores. He was one of Australia’s very wealthy, very successful businessmen -ambitious, entrepreneurial and a generous philanthropist to boot.
His is an inspirational rags-to-riches story. His death is a tragedy for his family and friends. Australian business lost a talented man.
Eddie Maguire said about Mr Ilhan.
"He says everything about the migrant success story. Turkish boy, lands in Broadmeadows, has a shopfront in Brunswick, turns it into a multi-million dollar
"But at the same time... he still looked after his parents and looked after the community and put everything he could put back into it."