Filipino Billionaires: Where did they study?

Rowena Andrada
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Isn’t it fascinating to know the success stories of Filipino billionaires?

We often hear how much they earned, or how many companies they have acquired. But wait, we all know they started from something, right? We’re certain they all went through school, even if they finished the course or not.

Most Filipino billionaires are not associated with the college or university they graduated from. While it’s true that your major or college is not the only source of wealth, it could be a potential factor of success!

Why? Education is not just for academics, but also a training ground to the real world. When you perform a task, you get a chance to test your character. Moreover, it allows you to be resourceful and creative to produce desired results.

It’s definitely amazing to think of these well-respected figures preparing for success as young high school or college students!

Let’s find out where the Filipino billionaires studied!

Here are the top Filipino billionaires based on, which was last updated in September 2020 as of this writing.

Sy Siblings – Teresity Sy-Coson

Net Worth: $13.9B

Education: Assumption College San Lorenzo

Did you know? Sy Syblings are composed of Elizabeth, Henry Jr., Hans, Herbert and Harley. Teresity Sy-Coson, the featured personality among the siblings, is the chairwoman of BDO.

Manuel Villar

Net Worth: $5B

Education: Mapua Institute of Technology (High School); University of the Philippines Diliman (College & Graduate School)

Did you know? Aside from real estate, this self-made billionaire used to be a chairman of Vista Mall. Moreover, his wife is a current senator in the Philippines, and his son is the current DPWH secretary.

Enrique Razon Jr. 

Net Worth: $4.3B

Education: De La Salle University (Doctor of Science in Logistics, Honoris Causa)

Did you know? He chairs International Container Terminal Services (ICTSI), the country’s leading terminal operator. It has subsidiaries in various countries in Europe, Africa, and America.

Lance Gokongwei & Siblings

Net Worth: $4.1B

Education: University of San Carlos (Primary School); De La Salle University (MBA); Harvard Management Program

Did you know? The father of Gokongwei siblings started a cornstarch plant in 1957. Through the years, they developed it as Universal Robina.

Jaime Zobel de Ayala

Net Worth: $3.6B

Education: Harvard University (Bachelor of Arts in Architectural Science)

Did you know? We have heard big stories about Ayala. It’s not an new name, right? His grandfather actually started the business in distillery, which resulted in so many achievements of the clan.

Andrew Tan

Net Worth: $2.5B

Education: University of East (Accounting)

Did you know? He has a great interest in food and beverage. In addition, he invested in gaming and real estate.

Lucio Tan

Net Worth: $2.2B

Education: Far Eastern University (BS Chemical Engineering)

Did you know? It seems that his son has followed his footsteps. He’s currently the vice president of LT Group.

Ramon Ang

Net Worth: $2.1B

Education: Far Eastern University (BS Mechanical Engineering)

Did you know? Are you familiar with Eagle Cement? He made it public in 2016!

Tony Tan Caktiong

Net Worth: $1.8B

Education: University of Sto. Tomas (BS Chemical Engineering)

Did you know? Every kid loves Jollibee while every adult loves JFC! With regard to investing, he has partnered with the developing stock – Double Dragon Properties.

Mercedes Gotianun

Net Worth: $1.5B

Education: University of the Philippines

Did you know? If you want to know their interests, Filinvest Development is into real estate, hospitality and banking.


Please note that the 10th top billionaires, Lucio and Susan Co, were not included due to insufficient references of their educational background. In case you’re wondering who they are, they run the Puregold Price Club. Do we even need to introduce Puregold?

This list can go a long way if we include all the billionaires! While collecting all these details, we have discovered their strong background in understanding systems and creating new ways for their products!

Education is indeed significant when used to produce life-changing results.

What did you learn today? Learning Board – Meet Personalities

Rowena Andrada

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Lisa Dana
Oct 16, 2020 3:47 PM

Bakit ang daming naging mayaman ng hindi nakakapagtapos? 😀

Maria Cara
Oct 11, 2020 8:57 PM

Ang dami pala sa FEU!

Sep 22, 2020 7:58 PM