By J. Jala | 04:42 PM April 07, 2021
Business tycoon Manuel Villar is still the country’s wealthiest man in 2021,
Forbes’ Billionaires 2021 List confirmed.
According to Forbes, this year’s list was made up of 2,755 billionaires across the globe which included Villar and other 17 Filipinos.
This year’s global list was led by Amazon’s Jeff Bezos, who retained the position for the fourth consecutive year. His net worth is $177 billion.
“[U]unprecedented by any measure, especially in a year in which large economies around the world were hampered by the coronavirus pandemic. Altogether they are worth US$13.1 trillion, up from $8 trillion on the 2020 list,” the publication said.
Villar was listed as the Philippines’ richest for the third year in a row, ranking 352nd. He was 286th last year.
Forbes reported Villar’s net worth at $7.2 billion, which grew from $5.6 billion in 2020 amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
Villar is the chairman of Vista Mall, Vista Land & Landscapes, Golden Bria, and AllHome Corp.
His wife, Cynthia is an incumbent senator, while his daughter, Camille, is a member of the House of Representatives. His son, Mark, is the Secretary of the Department of Public Works and Highways.
The other Filipinos in this year’s list were:
Enrique Razon, Jr. ($5 billion), ranked 561st on the global list; Lucio Tan ($3.3 billion), ranked 925th; Hans Sy ($3 billion), ranked 1,008th; Herbert Sy ($3 billion), also ranked 1,008th; Andrew Tan ($3 billion), ranked 1,008th ; Harley Sy ($2.7 billion), ranked 1,174th; Henry Sy Jr. (2.7 billion), ranked 1,174th; Teresita Sy-Coson ($2.7 billion), ranked 1,174th; Elizabeth Sy ($2.4 billion) ranked 1,299th; Tony Tan Caktiong and family ($2.4 billion) tied at 1,299th; Ramon Ang ($2.2 billion), ranked 1,444th ;
Inigo Zobel ($1.4 billion), ranked 2,141st; Lance Gokongwei ($1.2 billion), ranked 2378th; Roberto Ongpin ($1.2 billion), tied at 2378th; Ricardo Po Sr. and family ($1.1 billion), ranked 2524th; and Edgar Sia II ($1.1 billion), tied at 2,524th.