Zobel,chairman of San Miguel’s majority owner Top Frontier Holdings, made his debut on the list with a net worth of $1.4 billion while Gokongwei’s fortune was pegged at $1.2 billion.
Gokongwei and Zobel were among the record high 493 new entries on Forbes 2021 list.
Three Filipinos – Manny Villar No. 352), Enrique “Ricky” K. Razon (No. 561), and Lucio Tan (925)- ranked in the top Top 1,000. Forbes listed 2,755 billionaires in this year’s tally, 660 more than in 2020.
Villar is the richest Filipino for the third straight year with $7.2 billion, up 29 percent from 2020.
Razon is second with $5 billion, up 47 percent from $3.4 billion.
The Sy-blings – Hans, Herbert, Big Boy, Harley, Tessie and Elizabeth – had a combined net worth of $16.5 billion, 47 percent more than $11.2 billion in 2020.
The biggest gainers, percentage wise, are Tan (up 97 percent to $3.3 billion), Megaworld’s Andrew Tan (up 58 percent to $3 billion) and San Miguel president and CEO Ramon S. Ang (up 57 percent to $2.2 billion).
Two bilyonaryos made a comeback on Forbes’ list – Century Food’s Ricardo Po and Double Dragon-Merry Mart’s Injap Sia – while two were left off – PGA Cars’ Roberto Coyiuto Jr. and the late Eduardo “Danding” Cojuangco Jr. – from the 2020 list.
All bilyonaryos posted massive increases in their net worth despite the pandemic ravaging the economy in 2020. The 17 ultra-rich Pinoys had a combined net worth of $45.6 billion in 2021, up by 48 percent from, $30.9 billion in 2020.
Only former Marcos Trade Minister Bobby Ongpin saw his wealth drop by 30 percent to $1.2 billion.
Here is the full list of Filipinos on Forbes world’s billionaires list for 2021: