List of Famous Filipino Entrepreneurs and their Brands

Money and fame are two of the things that every person desires. However, when it comes to great business and excellent entrepreneurship, being rich and famous is not enough. Business aspirants should make a legacy, consisting of inspirations, reputations, outstanding brands and companies that help people lives. To present some of our country’s top business personalities, whom we can reflect, we have gathered names of famous Filipino Entrepreneurs and their brands in the Philippines. In an alphabetical order, you will find below a list of our nation’s prominent entrepreneurs and business magnates.

1. Alfonso T. Yuchengco – Heads Yuchengco Group of Companies, Chairman of Rizal Commercial Banking Corporation (RCBC), Chairman of the 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. Axel Kornerup – Netopia Internet Café (Netopia)

5. Andrew Gotianun – runs the Filinvest Development Corporation.

6. Andrew Tan- runs the Alliance Global Group Inc. (AGI), Megaworld Corporation, Emperador Distillers, Golden Arches Development Corporation – Possesses a franchise of McDonald’s

7. Ben Chan – Bench Apparels (Bench)

8. Ben Colayco – Level Up

9. Bernie H. Liu – owner of Penshoppe

10. Bienvenido Tantoco, Sr – Rustans Department Stores and Supermarkets

11. Bryan Tiu – owner of Teriyaki Boy Restautant

12. Betty Ang – President of privately held Monde Nissin, maker of instant noodles, biscuits and snack foods (Lucky Me!, Monde and Bingo).

13. Cecilio Kwok Pedro – founder of Lamoiyan Corp. (Hapee toothpaste)

14. Dr.Rolando B. Hortaleza and Dra. Rosalinda Ang – Home Beauty Exclusives (HBC)

15. Edgar Sia II – Founder of Mang Inasal (70% share acquired by Jolibee Corporation in October 2010)

16. Emilio T. Yap – owns Manila Bulletin, chairman of the Manila Hotel and Chairman Emeritus of Philtrust Bank

17. Felipe L. Gozon – current chief executive and chair of GMA Network Inc. (GMA 7)

18. Frederick Dy – chairman of the publicly-listed universal bank, Security Bank Corporation

19. George Ty – founder of Metropolitan Bank and Trust Company (Metrobank)

20. Henry Lim Bon Liong – Sterling Paper Group of Companies

21. Henry Sy – founder of SM Group and chairman of SM Prime Holdings, Shoe Mart (SM)

22. Jaime Zobel de Ayala – chairman emeritus of the Ayala Corporation (Ayala)

23. Jesus Tambunting – Chairman and CEO of Planters Development Bank

24. John Gokongwei – chairman of JG Summit Holdings, Cebu Pacific Air, Digital Telecommunications (Sun Cellular), owns Universal Robina Corporation, controls Robinsons Land and Malls (Robinsons)

25. Jon Ramon Aboitiz – President of the Aboitiz & Co., and Aboitiz Equity Ventures Inc.

26. Jose S. Concepcion Jr. – CEO of RFM (Selecta Ice Cream, Swift Hotdogs, Sunkist beverages, Fiesta Spaghetti, Vitwater)

27. Les Reyes – President and CEO of Reyes Hair Cutters

28. Lucio Tan – owns Asia Brewery, Tanduay Holdings, Fortune Tobacco, Philippine Airlines (PAL)

29. Manuel V Pangilinan – Chairman of the Philippine Long Distance Telephone Company (PLDT), owner of ABC/TV5 network, Cignal Digital TV and Smart Communications.

30. Oscar M. Lopez – Chairman Emeritus of the Lopez Holdings Corporation (formerly known as Benpres Holdings Corporation).

31. Pacita ‘Chit’ Juan – Figaro Coffe Company

32. Ricky Reyes – founder of Ricky Reyes

33. Roberto R. Gandionco – Julie’s Franchise Corp.

34. Roberto S. Claudio – Toby’s Sports and Hobbies Salon

35. Rolando Hortaleza – Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer of the publicly-listed company, Splash Corporation

36. Rommel Juan – President of Binalot Fiesta Foods

37. Sandy Javier – Andoks Litson Corporation (Andok’s)

38. Soccoro Ramos – founder of National Bookstore

39. Tess Ngan Tian – President and tresurer of Lots ‘A Pizza

40. Tony Tan Caktiong- Caktiong – founded the fast food chain Jollibee.

41. Victor Tan – Bobson Apparel

42. Vivian Que Azcona – President of Mercury Group (Mercury Drug Stores)

43. Washington Z. Sycip – cofounder of the Asian Institute of Management (AIM) and Sycip Gorres Velayo and Company (SGV).

44. Wilfred Uytengsu Jr.- President and Chief Executive Officer Alaska Milk Corporation


This list will be updated from time to time. If you know a Filipino entrepreneur that should be included in the list, please share it by making a comment below.


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.


      • says

        Yes, I have not heard a teacher getting rich in his profession as it die at an average social status. His wealth is the success of his students and and honor attached to his name being in the profession. Without the two, he shall be worst in his profession.

    • Vic says

      Hmmm. He can be. His diligence and focus are two of the most important qualities of a successful entrepreneur. I also learn great lesson from Manny that I use in business. That is to “stick to your game plan.”

        • Vic says

          Entrepreneurship doesn’t matter what kind of profession or skills do you have. There are many teachers who utilize their teaching skills in venturing into entrepreneurship.
          However, entrepreneurship doesn’t merely means going into business. A businessman should still evolved into a real entrepreneur – resourceful, innovative, and useful.

  1. Freddie Sumalinog says

    How about Dr. Ed Cabantog, President/Owner of Alliance in Motion Global,INC nominated as top 10 Entrepreneur of 2010…

  2. jho bohol says

    hi!how about mr.raul joseph “jojo” concepcion,COO of Concepcion Carrier Airconditioning Company (CCAC).He is indeed,one of the best boss in the phil

  3. Brachuss says

    Hello Charlene,

    Actually not just some but most of them are not true-blue Pinoys. This is the sad state of our country where business is controlled not by pure Pinoys but by immigrants from China and we are working for them for a very low salary on a contractual basis where they get to boot us after 5 or 6 months of work.

  4. says

    Mr. Ed Paras is the CEO of PARAS ALTER STATION located in prominent malls like SM Malls, AYala Malls, Ever Gotesco malls, Robinsons Malls, Starmalls and to some stand-alone establishment along metropolis. His story is from rag to riches and now owned 25 branches of PARAS ALTER STATION-the leading garments repair and alteration services in the Philippines.

  5. Jam says

    Majority in the list above are not even Filipinos. But anyways, they acquire citizenship before they put up the business here in the Philippines.

    Sad to say, there is a very small percentage of purely blooded Filipino who become successful in the business. Include Pampanga’s Best and Mekeni owners here.