The debate in the battle of superiority between men and women still continues up to this generation. Feminists strongly argue that women can also be powerful and wealthy. In this biased society, men usually get people’s recognition, but the truth is women can be just as capable as men in various fields.
The internet has provided enough evidences to create a supposed list of the richest female personalities in the Philippines. The women who are included in this list have influenced a specific sector of the society in their own accord. To begin the list, here are 25 of the richest female in the Philippines:
1. Imelda Romualdez Marcos
Imelda Marcos is a Filipino politician, the wife of the late former president of the Philippines, Ferdinand Marcos. She declares that her husband was already rich before he rose into power through gold trading. On December 1975, she has been ranked by Cosmopolitan Magazine as one of the world’s top 10 richest women and speculated that she might be even wealthier than Queen Elizabeth II of Great Britain.
2. Cynthia Aguilar Villar
Cynthia Villar is a business alumna of the University of the Philippines and an MBA graduate of New York University. She is the business partner and wife of the nouveau riche tycoon Senator Manny Villar. Cynthia is also known as the scion of the Aguilar political clan of Las Piñas.
3. Imelda Cojuangco
Imelda Cojuanco is the philanthropist widow of the late Ramon Cojuanco, owner of Philippine Long Distance Telephone Company (PLDT). She has increased her wealth through the selling the PLDT stocks to First Pacific during the Estrada administration.
4. Katherine Tan
Katherine Tan is the wife and top business confidant of the Philippines’ third richest billionaire Andrew Tan, founder of the Alliance Global, Megaworld and Emperador Brandy.
5. Beatriz Susana (Bea Jr.) Zobel
Bea Zobel is the wife of Ayala conglomerate patriarch Jaime Zobel de Ayala. She is a philanthropist who has helped tribal minority people in Mindoro and other civic and culture causes.
6. Gretchen O. Cojuangco
Gretchen Cojuanco is the wife of Eduardo “Danding” Cojuangco Jr., the chairman of the renowned San Miguel Corporation. She is an art lover, philanthropist, and a dedicated Catholic who donates money to restore or rebuild various Catholic churches in the provinces of Tarlac and Negros.
7. Fredesvinda Almeda-Consunji
Freda Consunji is the wife of David Consunji, the chairman of publicly listed holding firm, DMCI Holdings, Incorporated. Her sister Angelita is also the wife of top contractor Felipe F. Cruz.
8. Beatrice Dee Campos
Beatrice Dee Campos is the widow of the late immigrant self-made “Pharmaceuticals King” and Unilab founder Jose Yao Campos. She is also a daughter of Dee Hong Lue, a late lumber mogul and Chinese community leader.
9. Gloria Macapagal Arroyo
Gloria Arroyo is a former president of the Philippines, an economics professor and wife of controversial lawyer Mike Tuazon Arroyo. However, she faced a lot of controversies and unsettled question regarding the source of her fortune.
10. Felicidad Tan Sy
Felicidad Sy is the humble and deeply religious wife of SM Group founder Henry Sy Sr. Her younger brother Dr. Paulino Y. Tan used to be a top official of De La Salle University, and helps the Sy family run Asia Pacific College as its president. Felicidad is said to be the reason SM malls hold Catholic Masses every Sunday.
11. Helen Yuchengco Dee
Helen Dee is one of the most talented businesswomen in the Philippines. She is the eldest child of RCBC and Malayan Insurance chairman Alfonso Yuchengco and the late Paz SyCip. Her husband is the respected banker Peter S. Dee of Chinabank.
12. Mercedes Tan Gotianun
Mercedes Gotianun is the wife and business partner of Filinvest Group founder Andrew Gotianun. Her maternal grandfather Vicente Gotamco was a pre-war lumber magnate and Chinese community leader. She is known to be a University of the Philippines Summa Cum Laude graduate.
13. Mercedes Zobel
Mercedes Zobel is the daughter of Enrique Zobel, the late Ayala conglomerate chairman.
14. Susana “Chuchu” Abad Santos Madrigal-Eduque
Susana is an heiress to the late “Chito” Madrigal-Collantes. Her family supports the NGO Habitat for Humanity.
15. Ana Maria Gizela “Ging” Madrigal Gonzales-Montinola
Ana is a lawyer and the wife of BPI President Aurelio “Gigi” Montinola III. She is also the heiress of the late Consuelo “Chito” Madrigal-Collantes.
16. Socorro Cancio Ramos
Soccoro is the legendary entrepreneur behind the leading National Bookstore and Powerbooks chains. She is a daughter of a Chinese immigrant, as well as the woman in charge of the Ramos clan in the mining and realty business.
17. Vicki Belo
Vicki is a well-known doctor in the industry, a successful entrepreneur who has built up the Belo and Flawless beauty chains. She is also a descendant of Nicasio Chiong Veloso of Cebu; a famous Spanish colonial era Chinese immigrant tycoon.
18. Jinkee Pacquiao
Jinkee is the wife of the renowned boxing world champion Rep. Manny Pacquiao.
19. Vilma Santos-Recto
Vilma, popularly known as the “Star for All Seasons”, is a multi-awarded actress who is also the governor of Batangas and wife of Senator Ralph Recto. She said that the insolvency she experienced during her youth taught her the importance of saving her earnings and investing it wisely.
20. Susan Roces
Susan is the widow of the late “King of Philippine Movies” Fernando Poe, Jr. She was a movie queen of the past and is still active in showbiz right now.
21. Sharon Cuneta Pangilinan
Sharon is known as the Megastar and wife of Senator Kiko Pangilinan. She has been one of the top savers and successful realty investor in over three decades of her success with singing, movie acting and TV hosting.
22. Kris Aquino
Kris is said to be one of the biggest earners and possibly the no.1 most popular celebrity endorser in the country. It also said that she could easily earn Php 100 million every year just with her commercial endorsements.
Lani is the wife of Senator Bong Revilla is said to be a good money saver. She is also a top actress before.
24. Mother Lily Yu Monteverde
Mother Lily is an amazing woman who built her fortune all by herself. She is also the founder of Regal Films, the owner of Imperial Palace Suites, and the daughter of the late 1950s copra tycoon Domingo Yu Chu.
25. Amalia Fuentes
This Chinese/German-Spanish Bicolana (mestiza) is a former queen of movies who has widely invested her earnings in prime real estate properties from New Manila in Quezon City to Makati and all the way to Ayala Alabang in Muntinlupa for decades. It was said that the income during her glory days from all her movie contracts is to be used for buying a house in Dasmariñas Village in Makati.