The Forbes Magazine annual list of the world’s richest named 17 Filipinos among the 2,153 billionaires with Manny Villar Jr., John Gokongwei Jr., and Enrique Razon Jr. leading the local lineup.
Property tycoon Villar is on top of the list for the first time, following the death of former top lister Henry Sy Sr.
The six Sy children are now in the 2019 edition of Billionaires: The Richest People in the World list released on March 5.
Here are the 17 Richest Filipinos:
- Manuel Villar, real estate, ranked at 317th, estimated net worth – $5.5 billion
- John Gokongwei Jr., industrialist, 343rd – $5.1 billion
- Enrique Razon Jr., operator international port and integrated gaming resort, 379th – $4.8 billion
- Lucio Tan, tobacco, 436th – $4.4 billion
- Tony Tan Caktiong and family, Jollibee, 529th – $3.9 billion
- Ramon Ang, San Miguel Corp. and Eagle Cement, 775th – $2.9 billion
- Andrew Tan, Megaworld, 838th – $2.7 billion
- Hans Sy, SM Corporation, 962nd (tied) – $2.4 billion
- Herbert Sy, SM Corporation, 962nd (tied) – $2.4 billion
- Harley Sy, SM Corporation, 1,057th (tied) – $2.2 billion
- Henry Jr. Jr., SM Corporation, 1,057th (tied) – $2.2 billion
- Teresita Sy-Coson, SM Corporation, 1,057th (tied) – $2.2 billion
- Elizabeth Sy, SM Corporation, 1,227th – $1.9 billion
- Eduardo Cojuangco, San Miguel, 1,605th (tied) – $1.4 billion
- Robert Coyiuto, insurance, 1,605th (tied) – $1.4 billion
- Ricardo Po, Century Pacific, 1,818th – $1.2 billion
- Roberto Ongpin, property development, 1,941st – $1.1 billion
The top three richest people in the world are Amazon’s Jeff Bezos, Microsoft’s Bill Gates, and Warren Buffet, with net worth estimated by Forbes as US$131 billion, US$96.5 billion, and US$82.5 billion, respectively.
The Filipino billionaires are listed based on a snapshot of wealth using stock prices and exchange rates from February 8, 2019. An estimated net worth of $1 billion per person is needed to make the cut.
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