List of Famous and Successful Businessmen in the Philippines

I love to inspire myself, and one of the best doses of inspiration is looking up at the people who have already made it to the zenith of success. In business and in entrepreneurship, we always face troubles which halt us from moving on the track we are supposed to complete to reach our business goals. Thus, we need some motivation to keep our feet from moving forward. And in searching for those inspirations, we look at the most successful businessmen and entrepreneurs in our country.

Below, we have listed 50 of the most notable Filipino entrepreneurs who have succeeded as a business person. They have given more jobs and more wealth to our nation. They have managed to raise capital and promote the growth of our economy. If you’re an aspiring businessman or businesswoman, whether you are just planning to build your enterprise or already running an existing company, the following list of famous and successful businessmen in the Philippines are presented to increase your business and entrepreneurial spirit.

Name of Businessman Business, companies and brands

1. Alfonso T. Yuchengco Yuchengco Group of Companies, Rizal Commercial Banking Corporation (RCBC), Mapua Institute of Technology.


2. Alfredo M. Yao Zest-O Corp. (Zest-O)


3. Amable R. Aguiluz V AMA Institute of Computer Studies (AMA)


4. Andrew Gotianun Filinvest Development Corporation, Filinvest Land, East West Bank


5. Andrew Tan Megaworld Corporation, Alliance Global Group Inc., Emperador Distillers, Golden Arches Development Corporation


6. Axel Kornerup Netopia Internet Café


7. Beatrice Campos Unilab


8. Ben Chan Bench Apparels (Bench)


9. Ben Colayco Level Up


10. Bernie H. Liu Penshoppe


11. Betty Ang Monde Nissin, Lucky Me! and Bingo


12. Bienvenido Tantoco, Sr Rustans Department Stores and Supermarkets


13. Bryan Tiu Teriyaki Boy Restaurant


14. Cecilio Kwok Pedro Lamoiyan Corp. (Hapee toothpaste)


15. Edgar Sia II Mang Inasal


16. Eduardo Cojuangco Jr. San Miguel Corporation, Bank of Commerce


17. Emilio Yap Manila Bulletin & PhilTrust Bank


18. Enrique Razon International Container Terminal Services


19. Felipe Gozon GMA Networks


20. Frederick Dy Security Bank


21. George Ty Metropolitan Bank and Trust Company


22. Henry Lim Bon Liong Sterling Paper Group of Companies


23. Henry Sy SM Group of Companies, SM Investments, SM malls,  Banco de Oro Unibank (BDO)


24. Jaime Zobel de Ayala Ayala Corporation, Ayala Land, Bank of the Philippine Islands, Globe Telecom, Inc., Manila Water Company Inc.


25. Jesus Tambunting Planters Development Bank


26. John Gokongwei JG Summit, Universal Robina, Robinsons Land (including Robinsons Malls), Cebu Pacific, Digitel and Sun Cellular


27. Jon Ramon Aboitiz Aboitiz & Co., and Aboitiz Equity Ventures Inc


28. Jose S. Concepcion Jr. RFM (Selecta Ice Cream, Swift Hotdogs, Sunkist beverages, Fiesta Spaghetti, Vitwater)


29. Les Reyes Reyes Hair Cutters


30. Lourdes Montinola Far Eastern University


31. Lucio Tan Asia Brewery, Tanduay Holdings, Fortune Tobacco, Philippine Airlines (PAL)


32. Manuel V. Pangilinan PLDT, SMART communications, and TV5


33. Manuel Villar Vista Land


34. Marixi Rufino-Prieto Philippine Daily Inquirer


35. Oscar Lopez Meralco, ABS-CBN Broadcasting Corporation, Bayantel


36. Pacita ‘Chit’ Juan Figaro Coffe Company


37. Ramon del Rosario Jr. Microtel Inns and Suites


38. Ricky Reyes Ricky Reyes


39. Roberto R. Gandionco Julie’s Franchise Corp.


40. Roberto S. Claudio Toby’s Sports and Hobbies Salon


41. Rolando & Rosalinda Hortaleza.


Splash Holdings
42. Rommel Juan Binalot Fiesta Foods


43. Sandy Javier Andoks Litson


44. Soccoro Ramos National Bookstore


45. Tess Ngan Tian Lots ‘A Pizza


46. Tony Tan Caktiong Jollibee Food Corporation


47. Victor Tan Bobson Apparel


48. Vivian Que Azcona Mercury Drug


49. Washington Z. Sycip Asian Institute of Management (AIM) and Sycip Gorres Velayo and Company (SGV)


50. Wilfred Steven Uytengsu Sr. ALASKA


The businesses and companies listed above don’t necessarily mean they are owned by the business persons on the list. They can be the Founders, Presidents, Chairman of the Board or the ones who currently control the company or corporation. This list of 50 will always be updated. So if you know someone who should be included in the list, we can make the list more than 50, even 100 and even more than that. Take note also that they are listed alphabetically according to their first name. Finally, we wish for your success!

Victorino Abrugar is a retired CPA practitioner, a blogger, speaker, and an entrepreneur. He's the President of Optixor, Inc., a digital marketing company based in the Philippines. Follow him on Twitter at @viclogic.


  1. says

    This list of big people who have big companies in the Philippines must have spent a lots of their time, money and effort just to make their business successful. Perhaps, this people do not prioritize their needs. They all think of the benefits of their customers before themselves that is why they were able to have a successful business.

  2. says

    However, it would be better if they will contribute something to the society. We already know that they are wealthy and they already have everything that they need. I know some of them do charity works. This is good because they are able to share their blessing to people whom they do not know without asking anything in return.