No doubt, Filipino businessmen help enhance the Philippine economy by leading and making conglomerates excel in the market. But, they are more than that. They are notable individuals, not just in the business sector, but also because of their contribution to the community as they give back through various ways such as charity works and livelihood programs.
There are a lot of good things to say about this man known as the “Richest Filipino” and “Father of Philippine retail.” As chairman of the SM Group of Companies, he leads the one of the biggest corporations in the Asia-Pacific region with a reach that extends to industries such as retail, mall, banking and even real estate. He’s been helping the unprivileged members of the community through SM Foundation which grants scholarships to students every year; provides medical missions; and training to local farmers.
Jaime Zobel de Ayala II and Ayala family
The man behind Globe Telecom and Ayala Malls is known not just as the successor of his father but also for his participation in various socio-civic organizations including Asia Society Philippine Foundation, Children’s Hour Philippines, and World Wildlife Fund. He even leads the Ayala Foundation which provides programs in education, youth leadership, sustainable livelihood, and arts and culture.
This chairman with a net worth of 4.2 billion US dollars and who was once a Chinese immigrant from Fujian, China has become a gigantic figure in business circles, leading Philippine Airlines, the country’s largest carrier; Philippine National Bank, one of the largest banks; Asia Brewery, only one of the two remaining operating breweries; Tanduay Distillers, largest rum producer; and Fortune Tobacco Corporation, biggest tobacco and cigarette producers. He gives back to the community through his Tan Yan Kee Foundation that actively grants scholarship, promotes quality in health services, and develops social welfare projects.
John Gokongwei Jr.
An entrepreneurial pioneer who founded the JG Summit Holdings — a conglomerate of multiple industries including Robinsons Department Store, Robinsons Malls, Robinsons Land, Summit Media, Cebu Pacific, and Universal Robina. He founded the Gokongwei Brothers Foundation to uplift the socio-economic condition of Filipinos by funding educational projects and scholarships in partnership with the De La Salle University.
As the CEO of Megaworld Properties and Holdings, one of the country’s largest residential condominium developers, and its affiliates, Empire East Land Holdings and Suntrust Properties; the title “great landlord” for him would somehow be appropriate but not complete — because that’s not the only thing he does. He also founded the Megaworld Foundation to share his corporation’s accomplishments and contribute to the fields of education, health, environment and people empowerment.
Tony Tan Caktiong
If the Philippines were to ever proclaim a leading brand for kids, it would most likely be Jollibee. Because of the efforts of this man behind the red and big-bottomed winged mascot, Philippines is the only country where McDonald’s comes second among leading fast food chains. With all the milestones of Jollibee, he gives back through his Jollibee Group Foundation which provides food aid, farmer entrepreneurship program, scholarships, and other livelihood projects.