Top 5 Filipino Entrepeneurs 

Henry Sy

  • Age: 83
  • Worth: 1.9 Billion (USD)
  • Source of Wealth: SM Corporation

Born to a poor family in Jinjiang, Quanzhou, China, this businessman starter his empire witha  small shoe store in Quiapo Manila calling it “SM Prime”

In 1985, he established the first of his SM Supermalls – SM North Edsa.

Nowadays, there are over 63 SM mall in the whole country of the Philippines and counting. And has become one of Filipinos’ hotspot for shopping and activities.


Lucio Tan

  • Age: 73
  • Worth; 1.6 Billion
  •  Source of Wealth: LT Group (including Tanduay Distillers, Fortune Tobacco Corp. and Philippines National Bank)

Born in Fujian, China, this businessman studied in Chemical Engineering at Far Eastern University and previously worked as a janitor in a tobacco company before owning his very own Tobacco Company today.

Andrew Tan

  • Age: 55
  • Worth: 1.1 Billion USD
  • Source of Wealth: Alliance Global Group Inc. (including Megaworld Corporation and Emperador Distillers)

Same as Lucio Tan, Andrea originated from Fujian, China. Spending his childhood living in Hong Kong and soon moved to Manila and studied accounting at the University of the East.

He now resides in Manila and is married with four kids.

Manuel Villar

  • Age: 57
  • Worth: 940 Million (USD)
  • Source of Wealth: Real Estate (including Vista Land)

Growing up in the improvished and densely populated district in Tondo, Manila. Villar after obtaining his bachelor’s degree started working as an accountant for SGV & Co.

He started his personal business delivering seafood in Makati. Initially having a capital of P10, 000, Villar purchased two trucks and started delivering sand and gravel for construction. He also entered politics as a Senator in the Philippines under the Nacionalista Party.

Now he is running a family-owned business with Vista Land and Lifescapes Inc. He is also currently venturing to the hospital business and coffee business called The Coffee Project.

George Ty

  • Age: 84
  • Worth: 870 Million (USD)
  • Source of Wealth: Metropolitan Bank and Trust Company

Founding Metropolitan Bank and Trust Company, this businessman originally didn’t have experience with the banking industry. He had difficulties securing a loan to complete his family-owned Wellington Flour Mills which he began building when he was 19 years old.

Sources: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Filipino_millionaires






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