Powerful and Wealthy - 25 Richest Female Celebrities in the Philippines

Powerful and Wealthy - 25 Richest Female Celebrities in the Philippines

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 contribution 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 

Powerful and Wealthy - 25 Richest Female Celebrities in the Philippines

Former first-lady, the wife of the late strongman Ferdinand Marcos, Sr., the indefatigable, controversial and also charismatic “Iron Butterfly” and now a congresswoman. She claims her husband was already rich from trading gold before rising to power, while her critics accuse her of ill-gotten wealth. Cosmopolitan magazine in December 1975 ranked her as one of the world’s top 10 richest women and speculated that Imelda might be the richest in the world and wealthier than even Queen Elizabeth II of Great Britain.

Powerful and Wealthy - 25 Richest Female Celebrities in the Philippines

2. Cynthia Aguilar Villar

Powerful and Wealthy - 25 Richest Female Celebrities in the Philippines


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.

Powerful and Wealthy - 25 Richest Female Celebrities in the Philippines


3. Imelda O. Cojuangco

Powerful and Wealthy - 25 Richest Female Celebrities in the Philippines

The philanthropist widow of the late Ramon Cojuangco increased her wealth the sale of PLDT stocks to First Pacific during the Erap Estrada administration; Imelda Marcos claims the PLDT stocks were actually theirs.

Powerful and Wealthy - 25 Richest Female Celebrities in the Philippines

4. Katherine Tan

Powerful and Wealthy - 25 Richest Female Celebrities in the Philippines

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.

Powerful and Wealthy - 25 Richest Female Celebrities in the Philippines


5. Beatriz Susana Zobel

Powerful and Wealthy - 25 Richest Female Celebrities in the Philippines

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 cultural causes.


Powerful and Wealthy - 25 Richest Female Celebrities in the Philippines

6. Gretchen O. Cojuangco

Powerful and Wealthy - 25 Richest Female Celebrities in the Philippines


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.

Powerful and Wealthy - 25 Richest Female Celebrities in the Philippines


7. Fredesvinda Almeda-Consunji

Powerful and Wealthy - 25 Richest Female Celebrities in the Philippines

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




Powerful and Wealthy - 25 Richest Female Celebrities in the Philippines

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.

Powerful and Wealthy - 25 Richest Female Celebrities in the Philippines

9. Gloria Macapagal Arroyo

Powerful and Wealthy - 25 Richest Female Celebrities in the Philippines

Former president of the Philippines, economics professor and wife of controversial lawyer Mike Tuazon Arroyo. Many people claim she should be in the top five wealthiest, but I want to err on the side of caution due to raging controversies and unsettled questions regarding her fortune.


Powerful and Wealthy - 25 Richest Female Celebrities in the Philippines



10. Felicidad Tan Sy

Powerful and Wealthy - 25 Richest Female Celebrities in the Philippines

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.

Powerful and Wealthy - 25 Richest Female Celebrities in the Philippines


11. Helen Yuchengco Dee

Powerful and Wealthy - 25 Richest Female Celebrities in the Philippines

One of the most talented businesswomen in the Philippines, she is the eldest child of RCBC and Malayan Insurance boss Alfonso Yuchengco and the late Paz SyCip. Her husband is respected banker Peter S. Dee of Chinabank.


Powerful and Wealthy - 25 Richest Female Celebrities in the Philippines


12. Mercedes Tan Gotianun

Powerful and Wealthy - 25 Richest Female Celebrities in the Philippines


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.

Powerful and Wealthy - 25 Richest Female Celebrities in the Philippines



13. Mercedes Zobel

Powerful and Wealthy - 25 Richest Female Celebrities in the Philippines

Mercedes Zobel is the daughter of Enrique Zobel, the late Ayala conglomerate chairman.

Powerful and Wealthy - 25 Richest Female Celebrities in the Philippines


14. Susana “Chuchu” Abad Santos Madrigal-Eduque

Powerful and Wealthy - 25 Richest Female Celebrities in the Philippines

Susana is an heiress to the late “Chito” Madrigal-Collantes. Her family supports the NGO Habitat for Humanity.




15. Ana Maria Gizela “Ging” Madrigal Gonzalez-Montinola


Powerful and Wealthy - 25 Richest Female Celebrities in the Philippines

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

Powerful and Wealthy - 25 Richest Female Celebrities in the Philippines

The legendary entrepreneur behind the leading National Book Store and Powerbooks chains, as well as a matriarch of the Ramos clan in the mining and realty businesses. Her father was a Chinese immigrant who died young.


Powerful and Wealthy - 25 Richest Female Celebrities in the Philippines

17. Vicki Belo

Powerful and Wealthy - 25 Richest Female Celebrities in the Philippines


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.

Powerful and Wealthy - 25 Richest Female Celebrities in the Philippines



18. Jinkee Pacquiao

Powerful and Wealthy - 25 Richest Female Celebrities in the Philippines

The wife of the world’s top boxing champion and rags-to-riches billionaire Rep. Manny Pacquiao.

Powerful and Wealthy - 25 Richest Female Celebrities in the Philippines

19. Vilma Santos Recto

Powerful and Wealthy - 25 Richest Female Celebrities in the Philippines

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.

Powerful and Wealthy - 25 Richest Female Celebrities in the Philippines


20. Susan Roces

Powerful and Wealthy - 25 Richest Female Celebrities in the Philippines

Movie queen of the past, still active in showbiz and widow of the late “King of Philippine Movies” Fernando Poe, Jr.

Powerful and Wealthy - 25 Richest Female Celebrities in the Philippines

21. Sharon Cuneta Pangilinan

Powerful and Wealthy - 25 Richest Female Celebrities in the Philippines

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.

Powerful and Wealthy - 25 Richest Female Celebrities in the Philippines

22. Kris Aquino

Powerful and Wealthy - 25 Richest Female Celebrities in the Philippines

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.

Powerful and Wealthy - 25 Richest Female Celebrities in the Philippines

23. Lani Mercado Revilla

Powerful and Wealthy - 25 Richest Female Celebrities in the Philippines


Herself a top actress before, Rep. Lani Mercado Revilla is said to be a good money saverand is the wife of Senator Bong Revilla.

Powerful and Wealthy - 25 Richest Female Celebrities in the Philippines



24. Mother Lily Yu Monteverde

Powerful and Wealthy - 25 Richest Female Celebrities in the Philippines


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.


Powerful and Wealthy - 25 Richest Female Celebrities in the Philippines

 25. Amalia Fuentes

Powerful and Wealthy - 25 Richest Female Celebrities in the Philippines

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.

Powerful and Wealthy - 25 Richest Female Celebrities in the Philippines





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