Sy, Gotianun daughters in Forbes list of top Asian bizwomen


Posted at Mar 01 2013 08:12 AM | Updated as of Mar 01 2013 07:43 PM

MANILA, Philippines - The daughters of Filipino-Chinese tycoons Henry Sy and Andrew Gotianun made it to Forbes magazine's 2013 list of top 50 businesswomen in Asia.

In its March issue, Forbes Asia released its list of "Asia's 50 Businesswomen In The Mix," which includes women who led top companies to higher profits and stellar accomplishments last year.

Teresita Sy-Coson, 62, is the vice chairman of SM Investments, the Sy family's holding company for its retail, mall, banking and property businesses. Sy-Coson, an Assumption College graduate, is also the chairman of BDO Unibank Inc., the country's largest bank in terms of assets. She is the daughter of Henry Sy, who was named the Philippines' richest man by Forbes magazine last year.

This is the second year in a row that Sy-Coson was in the list. Last year, she even landed on the cover of Forbes Asia magazine.

For Lourdes Josephine Gotianun-Yap, this was her first time on Forbes Asia's list of most powerful Asian businesswomen. She is the 57-year-old president and CEO of Filinvest Development Corp. and its property unit Filinvest Land. She is the third child of Andrew Gotianun Sr., founder of Filinvest who is 17th on the Forbes list of richest in the Philippines.

Aside from Sy-Coson and Gotianun-Yap, Forbes Asia's list includes Eva Chen, the co-founder and CEO of antivirus software firm Trend Micro and South Korean entrepreneur Kim Sung-Joo, who turned MCM into a rising luxury brand.

The full list can be found on the Forbes Asia website.