Birds Of A Feather: These Top 9 Universities Produces The Most Filipino Billionaires

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Guess how many graduated from universities in the Philippines?

The Philippines has its fair share of wealthy people. But have you ever wondered where the 1% studied? Maybe their choice of education played a part in their rise to financial freedom! Many of these billionaires attended the top universities for producing millionaires. Coincidence? We think not! Birds of a feather certainly flock together. 

So if you want your kid to be the next Filipino billionaire or even just rub shoulders with the elite, then these are the top universities for producing millionaires and billionaires you ought to be looking at.

Top universities for producing Filipino billionaires

1. De La Salle University

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John Gokongwei Jr.

  • Net worth: $5.5 billion
    Type of degree: MBA
  • Year of graduation: 1961
  • Business: JG Summit Holdings

The business magnate has interests in many different industries. And two of his four children, Faith and Hope, also attended De La Salle following his footsteps.

Enrique K. Razon Jr. 

  • Net worth: $4.1 billion
    Type of degree: Bachelor of Science in Business Administration
  • Year of graduation: 1980
  • Business: International Container Terminal Services

The CEO of International Container Terminal Services was ranked 3rd richest Filipino in 2012. Although a large part of his wealth is in the container-port organisation, he also has a large stake in Bloomberry Resorts and Hotels.

Basilio Yap

  • Net worth: $1.4 billion
    Type of degree: Bachelor of Science in Commerce (Major in Accounting)
  • Year of graduation: 1972
  • Business: International Container Terminal Services

Mr Yap is currently Chairman of Manila Bulletin Publishing Corp. But he has been busy throughout his career, sitting at the helm as chairman at 11 different companies!

2. Far Eastern University

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Henry Sy 

  • Net worth: $14.4 billion
  • Type of degree: Associate of Arts degree in Commercial Studies
  • Year of graduation: 1950
  • Business: SM Group

The 93-year-old Chinese-Filipino business giant stepped down as chairman of SM Investments Corporation. But his legacy is long lasting as he was responsible for SM Malls.

Lucio Tan

  • Net worth: $4.3 billion
  • Type of degree: Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering
  • Year of graduation: n/a
  • Business: Philippine Airlines

Born in Fujian, the Chairman and CEO of the Filipino flag carrier actually dropped out of university to work in a tobacco factory. He was ranked the second richest Filipino billionaire by Forbes in 2013.

3. University of the East

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Andrew Tan

  • Net worth: $4.5 billion
  • Type of degree: Business Administration
  • Year of graduation: 1974
  • Business: Alliance Global

The Chairman and CEO of Alliance Global made his claim to fame through founding the successful Megaworld Corporation, which was once described as the “best managed company”.

4. Harvard University

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Jaime Zobel de Ayala

  • Net worth: $3.5 billion
  • Type of degree: Bachelor of Arts in Architectural Sciences
  • Year of graduation: 1957
  • Business: Ayala Corporation

The charismatic businessman started from the bottom, joining Ayala Corporation in 1958 after his father advised him. From then, he worked his way up the ladder until becoming chairman of the largest conglomerate in the Philippines.

Oscar Lopez ($1 billion)

  • Net worth: $1 billion
  • Type of degree: Bachelor of Arts & Master’s degree in Public Administration
  • Year of graduation: Bachelors – 1951, Masters – 1955
  • Business: López Holdings Corporation

The chairman emeritus of the media and utility organisation also has major stakes in ABS-CBN.

5. University of Santo Tomas

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George Ty

  • Net worth: $4 billion
  • Type of degree: Bachelor of Science in Commerce
  • Year of graduation: Bachelors – 1951, Masters – 1955
  • Business: GT Capital Holdings, Inc

The banker founded Metropolitan Bank and Trust Company in 1963, which is now the second largest bank for Assets and Capital in the Philippines. He now sits as Chairman Emeritus of GT Capital Holdings, Inc.

Tony Tan Caktiong ($2.2 billion)

  • Net worth: $2.2 billion
  • Type of degree: Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering
  • Year of graduation: 1975
  • Business: Jollibee Foods Corporation

One of the best rags-to-riches stories, the engineer apparently was very difficult to raise since he had such a picky taste. And this shows in the high standards of the well-loved Jollibee franchises.

6. University of the Philippines

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David Consunji

  • Net worth: $3.2 billion
  • Type of degree: Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering
  • Year of graduation: 1946
  • Business: D.M. Consunji, Incorporated

The late Mr Consunji was a teacher and concrete inspector before founding D.M. Consunji, Inc in 1954. He was listed by Forbes as the 6th richest Filipino in 2013, before he passed away in 2017.

Manuel Villar

  • Net worth: $1.5 billion
  • Type of degree: Business Administration & Master’s degree in Business Administration
  • Year of graduation: Bachelors – 1970, Masters – 1973
  • Business: D.M. Consunji, Incorporated

The former Senator and president of the Nacionalista Party made his fortune from various startups in real estate before launching into his political career in the early 2000’s.

7. Mapua Institute of Technology

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Alfredo Yao

  • Net worth: $1.25 billion
  • Type of degree: Bachelor of Science in Engineering
  • Year of graduation: 1962
  • Business: Zest-O Corporation

The self-made billionaire had to don the mantle of breadwinner from an early age after his father passed away when he was 12. Now, after founding several successful companies, his story inspires people worldwide.

8. University of Santa Clara

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Jon Ramon Abotiz

  • Net worth: $3.6 billion
  • Type of degree: Bachelor of Science in Commerce Major in Management
  • Year of graduation: 1970
  • Business: Aboitiz & Company

Mr Abotiz used his business smarts to rapidly rise through the ranks of Aboitiz & Company to become chairman in 1994. Since then he has sat as chairman on 11 different boards.

9. San Beda College

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Robert Coyiuto Jr.

  • Net worth: $1.6 billion
  • Type of degree: Bachelor of Science in Commerce Major in Management
  • Year of graduation: Unknown
  • Business: Prudential Guarantee & Assurance

The 65-year-old sits as chairman on the board of many different organisations. He also enjoys a huge selection of luxury cars after buying PGA cars, which is the main distributor for brands like Audi and Bentley.

 

Does where you study make a difference on your future success? It seems it does for these top universities producing millionaires.

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Vinnie Wong