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    Philippines 40 Richest


    Perhaps it is only fitting that FORBES ASIA wrap up our inaugural series of country-specific lists of Southeast Asia's wealthiest with the Philippines. That's because the list of 40 Richest Philippines takes the booby prize among the region's rich. As a group, wealthy Filipinos are actually the poorest, when compared to their brethren in Indonesia, Malayasia, Singapore and Thailand. They had the smallest total net worth, $16 billion; fewest number of billionaires, just three; and lowest minimum net worth, a mere $25 million. The nation's historic political instability certainly hasn't helped, nor has the fact that the Philippine Stock Exchange has the tiniest market capitalization, an estimated $50 billion, in the region. Still the country is showing signs of life. Its stock market is up a third, making it one of the best performers in Asia this year. And foreign investors and businesses are more welcomed than in the past, thanks to President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo's policies. One person who has done very well lately is Henry Sy, ranked No. 1, whose sm Investments is up one-third since June. A common trait among the rich listers, in part due to the stock market's size, is their tendency to keep their fortunes private. Another is the fact that almost all the wealth assigned to an individual is actually shared by families, sometimes large extended ones. Several of these tycoons are true bootstrappers: John Gokongwei Jr. lived on the street as a teenager after his father's death; son of a shrimp vendor, Manuel Villar grew up in a Manila slum before building a fortune providing affordable housing. The source of fortunes is diverse, coming from more than a half-dozen industries including media, household products, mining and education. While most of these magnates make their money within the Philippines, several are pushing into new markets. Tony Tan Caktiong, who has more than 100 restaurants in China, is opening his first Jollibee fast-food restaurant in Las Vegas, Nevada next year; he also plans to roll out another restaurant chain on the East Coast of the U.S. Plus, he's announced plans to enter India soon, possibly through acquisition. The list was compiled using shareholding information and financial data obtained from the Philippine Securities & Exchange Commission, the Philippine Stock Exchange, analysts or the companies themselves. Privately held companies, for whom in most cases only 2004 data were readily available, were valued based on comparisons to prevailing price-to-earnings or price-to-sales ratios for similar publicly traded companies. Net worths were calculated using stock prices and exchange rates from early December.

    1. Henry Sy
    $4 billion
    82. Married. 6 children.
    Philippines' leading retailer opened his biggest mall yet in May on Manila's waterfront. Now on verge of becoming nation's second-largest banker, once merger with his Banco de Oro and Equitable PCI is finalized

    2. Lucio Tan
    $2.3 billion
    72. Married. 6 children.
    The Filipino-Chinese magnate made his fortune from a variety of sources, including tobacco and beer. Also owns Philippine Airlines. With Hong Kong property portfolio, cashed in on booming Asian real estate market.

    3. Jaime Augusto Zobel de Ayala
    $2 billion
    72. Married. 7 children.
    Patriarch of Ayala Corp., Philippines' oldest conglomerate, founded in 1834. Interests in real estate, water, telecom. Officially retired in April, though sons Jaime Jr. and Fernando have run daily operations for the past decade.

    4. Eduardo Cojuangco
    $840 million
    71. Married. 4 children.
    Known as "Danding." Shares of San Miguel Corp., the food and beverage group he chairs, briefly suspended in November, after alleged inflation of sales figures of its Coca-Cola Bottlers. Company denies allegations.

    5. George Ty
    $830 million
    74. Married. 5 children.
    Founder and chairman of Metrobank, one of the Philippines' largest financial institutions with branches in Asia, U.S. and Europe. Known to wear suit and tie to office every day. May soon relax a bit: founder handed over chairmanship earlier this year.

    6. John Gokongwei Jr.
    $700 million
    80. Married. 6 children.
    Lived on street at age 13 after wealthy father died. Peddled thread, soap, candles during World War II. Later founded JG Summit, a conglomerate with telecom, property, food, airline and textiles interests, that is celebrating fiftieth anniversary this year. Chairman emeritus, leaves daily operations to son Lance, who is president.

    7. Tony Tan Caktiong
    $575 million
    53. Married. 3 children.
    Got start with 2 ice cream parlors; soon switched to hamburgers. Today his fast-food group Jollibee, which he still runs, has almost 1,500 locations operating under 6 brands. Also 167 restaurants abroad, including 100-plus in China. Plans to open locations on U.S.' East Coast and in Las Vegas, and to enter India next year.

    8. Andrew Tan
    $480 million
    57. Married. 4 children.
    Chairs Megaworld Corp., large real estate company known for its Manila complexes that integrate office, residential and commercial units. Now developing technology parks. Just broke ground on a new Marriott hotel in Newport City.

    9. Emilio Yap
    $350 million
    81. Married.
    Controls Manila Bulletin, one of the nation's oldest and largest dailies. Hands-on chairman reportedly approves story lineups. Has investment in historic Manila Hotel. Son Enrique helps run the business.

    10. Oscar Lopez
    $315 million
    76.
    Harvard grad heads family holding company Lopez Inc., which has controlling stake in ABS-CBN Broadcasting Corp., founded by late father, Eugenio. Now nation's largest media group, run by late brother's son, Eugenio III. Group also has interests in power generation, construction.


    11. Enrique Razon Jr.
    $285 million
    46. Married. 2 children.
    Chairs International Container Terminal Services, which family cofounded in 1987. Group operates 9 port terminals, including 4 in the Philippines and 1 each in Brazil, Poland, Japan, Indonesia, Madagascar. In July won concession to operate terminal in Syria.

    12. Andrew Gotianun
    $280 million
    78. Married. 4 children.
    Founded consumer finance group Filinvest 1955; eventually moved into property. Remains chairman emeritus of Filinvest Development; son Jonathan chairman; daughter Lourdes Josephine G. Yap president.

    13. Enrique Aboitiz
    $275 million
    84. Married. 7 children.
    Heads family conglomerate with interests in 60 companies in banking, food, logistics. Runs nation's largest private network of ferries and buses.

    14. Alfonso Yuchengco
    $225 million
    83.
    Father, Enrique, set up insurance group 1930s. Alfonso took over 1946, diversified into banking, construction, education. Empire now reportedly includes 40 mostly private companies. Yuchengco served as ambassador to China and Japan. In February announced that eldest daughter, Helen Yuchengco Dee, would succeed him.

    15. Menardo Jimenez
    $210 million
    74.
    With 2 partners, took control of GMA Network, founded by an American war correspondent, in 1970s. Overhauled media group, adding local programming to stable of overseas programs. Now country's second largest. Former GMA chief executive sits on board of Cojuangco's San Miguel.

    16. Gilberto Duavit Jr.
    $210 million
    Executive vice president and chief operating officer of GMA Network. He and family own 35% of group, expected to finally go public next year.

    17. Ramon del Rosario Jr.
    $205 million
    62. Married. 4 children.
    Chief executive of Philippine Investment-Management (Phinma), cofounded by his father. Served for one year as nation's secretary of finance. Known as RRR (Ramon R. del Rosario), this Harvard M.B.A. was recently elected chairman of the prominent Makati Business Club. Has big interest in education, pushing Phinma into investing in colleges. Also chairs board of advisers of the Ramon V. del Rosario, Sr. Center for Corporate Responsibility.

    18. Felipe Gozon
    $180 million
    Part of triumvirate that took over GMA Network in the 1970s. Remains chairman and chief executive of GMA, which has 46 VHF stations and 26 radio stations.

    19. Beatrice Campos
    $160 million
    Widowed. 5 children.
    Low-profile widow of Jose Campos, who died in May. He was one of the cofounders of United Laboratories (Unilab), nation's largest pharmaceuticals maker. Secretive group is one of nation's largest private firms.

    20. Luis J.L. Virata
    $150 million
    Investment banker made headlines in 1999 when he briefly stepped in as chief executive of then nearly bankrupt Philippine Airlines, replacing Lucio Tan. His family is now a major shareholder in Nickel Asia, the Philippines' largest nickel producer. Company's plans to go public this fall were reportedly canceled because of poor pricing.

    21. David M. Consunji
    $145 million
    85. Married. 8 children.
    Started out making chicken coops in 1954; eventually grew business into one of the largest construction firms. Chairs DMCI group, which has built such landmarks as the Manila Doctor's Hospital and Manila Hotel. Son Isidro is chief executive, daughter Edwina treasurer. Group's coal subsidiary, Semirara Mining Corp., is nation's largest.

    22. Bienvenido R. Tantoco Sr.
    $140 million
    From Cartier to Tiffany, the Tantocos bring life's luxuries to Filipinos through their Rustan retail empire. Tantoco Sr., who has served as Philippine ambassador to the Vatican, chairs the group, which has interests in malls and supermarkets; son Bienvenido R. Tantoco Jr. is president.

    23. Betty Ang
    $115 million
    President of privately held Monde Nissin, maker of instant noodles, biscuits and snack foods, founded in 1979. Brands include Lucky Me!, Monde and Bingo.

    24. Manuel Villar
    $110 million
    57.
    Son of a shrimp vendor, grew up in a Manila slum. Started off with a couple of trucks to haul gravel to construction sites. Big break in 1983 when market crashed: bought up large numbers of abandoned projects on the cheap. Today his C&P Homes is a leading developer, specializing in affordable housing. Currently a senator in the national congress.

    25. Mariano Tan
    $100 million
    Opened a small drugstore in Manila in 1945; helped transform it into Unilab, which makes more than 300 types of medicine. Tan and 4 relatives still hold large stake.

    26. Rolando & Rosalinda Hortaleza
    $90 million
    Newlyweds started personal-care business in 1985 with $240, operating out of 270-square-foot apartment. Big break came two years later when they introduced a popular, affordable hair spray. Today he is chief executive and chairman of their company, Splash, which has $56 million in sales from such items as shampoo, hand lotion and massage oil. Bestselling brands include Extraderm and Skin White. Rosalinda is chairwoman and chief executive of subsidiary HBC chain of retail stores.

    27. Oscar Hilado
    $85 million
    69. Married. 3 children.
    Chairman of Phinma. Was Smith Mundt/Fulbright scholar at Harvard Business School. Said to be an eternal optimist who enjoys picnics.

    28. Vivian Que Azcona
    $80 million
    Her father sold drugs from a pushcart, eventually opening a store in 1945 and pioneering many services such as selling drugs in small doses, known as "tingi tingi," that were more affordable to the masses. Family's Mercury Drug, which Que Azcona now runs, is country's largest drugstore chain with 500 locations.

    29. Manuel Zamora
    $75 million
    66.
    Chairman and cofounder of Nickel Asia, Philippines' largest nickel producer, formed in early 2006 to consolidate ownership of several related companies. Plans to take group public this fall were shelved. A lawyer by training, also director of Philippine companies Philex Mining Corp. and CLSA Exchange Capital.

    30. Magdaleno Albarracin Jr.
    $73 million
    70. Married. 1 child.
    Nicknamed "Mag," known as a cement-industry pioneer. Remains chairman emeritus of Philippine Cement Manufacturers Association. Chief executive of Holcim Philippines, a joint venture between Phinma and Holcim of Germany, and vice chairman of Phinma. Got M.B.A. from Harvard Business School. Avid tennis player.

    31. Jesus Tambunting
    $70 million
    69. Married. 4 children.
    His family known for chain of pawnshops, but this Tambunting has no connection to that business. Instead, he took control of Planters Development Bank, the nation's biggest private lender to small and midsize companies. Briefly listed before being taken private again during the Asian crisis. Bank recently launched private equity fund with British-Norwegian joint venture to invest in small and midsize companies. Tambunting, who shares fortune with siblings, served as Philippines ambassador to the U.K. and still likes to use the title "Ambassador."

    32. Frederick Dy
    $65 million
    51. Married. 3 children.
    Took control of Security Bank, founded 55 years ago, in early 1989; listed it in 1995. Largest individual shareholder, benefiting from recent run-up in its stock.

    33. Tomas Alcantara
    $60 million
    60. Single.
    Father, Conrado, got start, according to lore, with $100, a jeep and a typewriter. Today Tomas is chairman of the family's listed holding company, Alsons, named reportedly for Alcantra and sons, with interests in power, property and distribution. Shares fortune with several relatives. Has an interest in art and M.B.A. from New York City's Columbia University.

    34. Lourdes Montinola
    $50 million
    78.
    Father, Niconar Reyes, founded Far Eastern University 1928. Lourdes served as sixth president from 1970 to 1989; now head of the board of trustees. Also its largest shareholder.

    35. Salvador Zamora
    $45 million
    59.
    Brother of Manuel (No. 29), Salvador is chief executive and cofounder of Nickel Asia, which has interests in 6 mines. President of its subsidiaries, Taganito Mining Corp., Hinatuan Mining Corp. HMC and Cagdianao Mining Corp. since 1980, 1987 and 1997, respectively. Also chief executive of Montreal Entertainment (Phils.) Inc., a private entertainment company, and director of Baguio Leisure Corp., a resort and hotel operator.

    36. Antonio Roxas
    $40 million
    64.
    Family founded one of nation's first sugar mills 1927. Today Roxas chairman emeritus of Roxas Holdings, nation's largest producer of raw sugar and second-largest refiner of raw sugar.

    37. Wilfred Steven Uytengsu Sr.
    $38 million
    79. Married. 3 children.
    Chairs Alaska Milk Corp., which was founded as a partnership between a Dutch milk company and his General Milling Corp. in 1972. Now the nation's leading provider of milk. Son Wilfred Jr. is now group's president. AMC recently gained rights to distribute Kellogg's cereal products, helping diversify its business and boost profits in the latest quarter. Firm also owns the Alaska Aces, a contender in the Philippines Basketball Association league.

    38. Philip T. Ang
    $35 million
    Vice chairman of Taganito Mining Corp. and a business associate of Zamora family, holds stake in Nickel Asia.

    39. Marixi Prieto
    $30 million
    66. Married. 5 children.
    Family is majority owner of Philippine Daily Inquirer. Newspaper claims to have 2.7 million readers, up from 30,000 when it was founded in 1985, partly to provide an alternative to that era's 3 government-owned papers. Marixi is chairman; daughter Alexandra Prieto-Romualdez is chief executive.

    40. Manuel Pangilinan
    $25 million
    60. Single.
    Expatriate is chief executive of Hong Kong's First Pacific Company Ltd., which owns major stakes in Philippine Long Distance Telephone and Indonesian noodlemaker Indofood, controlled by Indonesia's wealthy Salim family. Loves badminton; well-known tournament named after him.


    Whew... kujawa gyud nila oi... musunod lang ko... hehehehe... ngisi


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    Post  candzy_angel on Tue Oct 28, 2008 9:33 am

    Unsa na Dollars o Philippine Money?
    Naa q kaila pero la man iyang name sa top 40, she is a billionare... she is a low profile person man gud pud...
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    Post  Lord_Arjay on Tue Oct 28, 2008 9:37 am

    candzy_angel wrote:Unsa na Dollars o Philippine Money?
    Naa q kaila pero la man iyang name sa top 40, she is a billionare... she is a low profile person man gud pud...

    In dollars... naa pa may uban datu pero wala lang kaayo napansin. Though mga influencial people ang naa dri... mas maayo nang humble para dili ta ingitan... hehehehehe... ngisi lol! toinks


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    Post  candzy_angel on Tue Oct 28, 2008 9:44 am

    Aw, actually dollars to iyaha, dli pud xa influential person... dli mahalata sa iyaha, panagsa lng pud nq sa makita kng muadto xa ug balay... Sad Sad makahadlok lng basi aq ang ma kidnap dli xa... toinks toinks
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    Post  Lord_Arjay on Tue Oct 28, 2008 9:47 am

    candzy_angel wrote:Aw, actually dollars to iyaha, dli pud xa influential person... dli mahalata sa iyaha, panagsa lng pud nq sa makita kng muadto xa ug balay... Sad Sad makahadlok lng basi aq ang ma kidnap dli xa... toinks toinks

    Aw... hahahahaha... mao bah... dili na lang jud ta magsaba... ngisi ngisi


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    Post  `POLLY on Tue Oct 28, 2008 12:42 pm

    kinsa pinaka bata sa ila?
    ky akong minyuon..
    lumayon sa diay.. hahaha!
    *LOL*
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    Post  Lord_Arjay on Tue Oct 28, 2008 1:00 pm

    `POLLY wrote:kinsa pinaka bata sa ila?
    ky akong minyuon..
    lumayon sa diay.. hahaha!
    *LOL*


    Si Enrique Razon Jr. at the age of 46... hehehe... ngisi ngisi


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    Post  `POLLY on Tue Oct 28, 2008 1:04 pm

    ngeeeeeh!
    mas tigulang pa man xa sa aqng
    father uie...
    hahahha!
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    Post  Lord_Arjay on Tue Oct 28, 2008 1:06 pm

    `POLLY wrote:ngeeeeeh!
    mas tigulang pa man xa sa aqng
    father uie...
    hahahha!

    mao jud... ilang mga anak na lang para sustentuhan pa ka ana niya... hahahaha... lol! lol!


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    Post  candzy_angel on Tue Oct 28, 2008 1:57 pm

    mas maau ng tigulang kay dali mamatay, mapamanahan paka... toinks toinks
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    Post  sUzEttE on Thu Oct 30, 2008 4:25 am

    wew...mostly jud bitaw kay chinese blooded...kung li half aw full, hahaizzz...
    pangcharity nalang unta na nila ilang moni uie...para la nay fobreee... nangluod


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    Post  Lord_Arjay on Thu Oct 30, 2008 6:56 am

    sUzEttE wrote:wew...mostly jud bitaw kay chinese blooded...kung li half aw full, hahaizzz...
    pangcharity nalang unta na nila ilang moni uie...para la nay fobreee... nangluod

    Among the top 40 have a chinese blood. Gamay lang sila diha na Purely Filipino Blood...

    Maypa gyud ihatag nila sa charity though need gihapon nila ang money kay gusto nila sila lang madatu... tsk tsk tsk... naglagot naglagot

    Ayaw kabalaka kay magsunod lang ta nila... sunod lang ha.... toinks toinks


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    Post  khenix on Wed Nov 05, 2008 4:09 am

    nyc kau oi

    atleast naa nq knows kinsa pa ang mga datu sa pinas...;p

    thanks for that
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    Post  jienel on Thu Nov 06, 2008 2:04 pm

    basta ako kung naa koy million or billion? palit nkog helicopter.. ehehhee, tapos kung mag sweldo pajud ko, i donate nako sa charity toinks toinks , miss u kaaug tinubagan.. ahahhaa Hilak-1 Hilak-1 Hilak-1
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    Post  Babyselosa on Thu Nov 06, 2008 2:13 pm

    tsk!! Kugmo

    wa mn koy kaila ana sa ila oi!
    mangayo unta ko pinaskuhan.. ngisi
    igo ra nko na cla nkit`an sa tibi!
    2ng tag`iya sa CEBU airlines..
    philippine airlines..
    SM city mall..
    ug uban pa!
    mao ra 2 cla klariks milyonaryo!
    naa ra gd dra sa listahan ilang name..
    klimot lng ko kinsa 2 cla..lol!
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    Post  candzy_angel on Thu Nov 06, 2008 4:01 pm

    sUzEttE wrote:wew...mostly jud bitaw kay chinese blooded...kung li half aw full, hahaizzz...
    pangcharity nalang unta na nila ilang moni uie...para la nay fobreee... nangluod

    pasabot ani dli jud d i ta pde maapil dira sa ilaha kay mga pinoy manta... toinks toinks disqualify..

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