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.
We have searched the internet searching for references to lead us to at least an outward list of the richest female celebrities in the country. And when we say celebrities, we are not simply talking about actors. A celebrity is an important person, a very important person, in a particular society. A person becomes important based on his or her to the society either through culture (as in show business celebrities) or in the economy, politics, the law, or education.
Here’s the 25 of the richest female in the Philippines:
1. Imelda Romualdez Marcos
2. Cynthia Aguilar Villar
A business alumna of the University of the Philippines and an MBA graduate of New York University. She is the business partner of self-made realty tycoon Senator Manny Villar. Cynthia is a descendant of the Aguilar political clan of Las Piñas.
3. Imelda O. Cojuangco
4. Katherine Tan
6. Gretchen O. Cojuangco
Wife of San Miguel boss Eduardo “Danding” Cojuangco Jr., an art lover and a philanthropist, she told me her family has donated to restore or rebuild various Catholic churches in the provinces of Tarlac to 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
9. Gloria Macapagal Arroyo
11. Helen Yuchengco Dee
One of the most talented businesswomen in the Philippines, she is the child of RCBC and Malayan Insurance boss Alfonso Yuchengco and the late Paz SyCip. Her husband is respected banker Peter S. Dee of Chinabank.
12. Mercedes Tan Gotianun
Wife and business partner of Filinvest Group founder Andrew Gotianun, her maternal grandfather Vicente Gotamco was a pre-war lumber tycoon and Chinese community leader. She is a UP summa cum laude graduate.
13. Mercedes Zobel
Mercedes Zobel is the daughter of Enrique Zobel, the late Ayala conglomerate chairman.
Susana “Chuchu” Abad Santos Madrigal-Eduque
17. Vicki Belo
A successful doctor, a marketing entrepreneurial whiz who has built up the Belo and Flawless beauty chains, she told me her ancestor was the famous Spanish colonial era Chinese immigrant tycoon Nicasio Chiong Veloso of Cebu.
18. Jinkee Pacquiao
The wife of the world’s top boxing champion and rags-to-riches billionaire Rep. Manny Pacquiao.
19. Vilma Santos Recto
Multi-awarded actress, governor of Batangas province and wife of Senator Ralph Recto. She told me her brush with bankruptcy during her youth had taught her the importance of saving her showbiz earnings and investing wisely.
20. Susan Roces
Movie queen of the past, still active in showbiz and widow of the late “King of Philippine Movies” Fernando Poe, Jr.
21. Sharon Cuneta Pangilinan
The well-read Megastar and wife of Senator Kiko Pangilinan have been one of the top savers and an astute realty investor throughout her over three decades’ success with singing, movie acting, and TV hosting.
22. Kris Aquino
One of the biggest earners and possibly the No. 1 most popular celebrity endorser in the Philippines, Kris reportedly could easily earn way beyond P100 million every year with her commercial endorsements alone.
23. Lani Mercado Revilla
Herself a top actress before, Rep. Lani Mercado Revilla is said to be a good money saverand is the wife of Senator Bong Revilla.
24. Mother Lily Yu Monteverde
Founder of Regal Films, owner of Imperial Palace Suites and daughter of the late 1950s copra tycoon Domingo Yu Chu, she built her fortune all by herself.
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.
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