MANILA – Eleven Filipino billionaires made it to Forbes magazine's latest list of richest persons in the world.
The SM Group’s Henry Sy is still the richest Filipino with a net worth of $14.2 billion. He ranked number 73 among the richest billionaires in the world.
“His net worth has increased by 10 digits plus thanks to the continued growth of his SM Investments Corp, the largest retailer in the Philippines with over 200 individual outlets around the country. The firm is one of the country's largest conglomerates with interests in real estate development, shopping malls and banking,” Forbes said.
Second-richest Filipino is the founder of JG Summit Holdings, John Gokongwei Jr., who has a net worth of $5.8 billion.
Gokongwei, who ranks 254th richest in the world, has businesses in airlines, telecoms, property development, banking, hotels, and power.
The chairman and chief executive of International Container Terminal Services (ICTSI), Enrique Razon Jr., ranks 291st richest person in the world with a net worth of $5.2 billion.
ICTSI is the largest port operator in the Philippines, and operates a total of 29 ports across 21 countries.
Megaworld’s Andrew Tan is the Philippines’ fourth richest billionaire with a net worth of $4.8 billion. He ranks 330th in the world.
Aside from Megaworld, Tan is also the man behind the success of Emperador Distillers and Resorts World Manila.
LT Group’s Lucio Tan is the Philippines’ fifth richest billionaire and 369th in the world with a net worth of $4.4 billion.
LT Group owns Asia Brewery and has a stake in Philip Morris-Fortune Tobacco, which has an estimated 80 percent market share of the cigarette market in the Philippines.
Rounding up the list of riches Filipinos in the Forbes annual list are GT Capital’s George Ty ($4.4 billion; 369th); DMCI’s David Consunji ($4.1 billion; 405th); Jollibee’s Tony Tan Caktiong ($2.7 billion; 690th); Puregold’s Lucio and Susan Co ($2.3 billion; 810th); Prudential’s Robert Coyiuto Jr. ($1.8 billion; 1054th); and former senator and Vista Land founder Manuel Villar ($1.6 billion; 1190th).
The title of world’s richest man still belonged to Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates, who has a current net worth of $79.2 billion, up from $76 billion in 2014.
Gates took the top spot for the second consecutive year, beating out telecom mogul Carlos Slim Helu, whose net worth increased to $77.1 billion from $72 billion last year.
Warren Buffett ($72.7 billion), Zara’s Amancio Ortega ($500 million), and Oracle’s Larry Ellison ($54.3 billion) closed out the five richest billionaires in the world.
Forbes said a record 1,826 billionaires made the list, higher than the 1,645 billionaires in 2014.
A record 290 billionaires were added to the list this year, beating out a previous high of 268 newcomers last year.
By countries, the US has the most number of billionaires with 536, followed by China with 213, Germany with 103, India with 90 and Russia with 88. Regionally, Asia-Pacific has the most billionaires with 562, followed by the US with 536, and Europe with 482.
A slideshow of the Philippines' billionaires can be viewed here.