Top 10 Most Successful Entrepreneurs

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If there's a fairy tale story in the business arena, these people are going to make the best primary characters and their book is a guaranteed best seller. Stories of how small they started and how they struggled to carve their names atop the business field are just as inspiring as they are noteworthy.

Lolita Hizon (Pampanga's Best)

With over 39 years of making the best tocino and other meat products in the country, Pampanga's Best continues to be the country's top household brands. Lolita's tocino empire started as a cottage industry in Pampanga which soon became a 9.5-hectare processing plant and is now considered one of the country's finest businesses.

Cecilio Pedro (Hapee Toothpaste)

Being the first Filipino to make a world-class toothpaste brand and because of his unselfish support to the community, Cecilio Pedro is now considered one of the country's best entrepreneurs. His business ingenuity has given the country a fresh alternative to what was originally purely multinational.

Alfredo Yao (Zest-O)
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Every FIlipino child has enjoyed the thirst-quenching effects of a juice drink in tetra pack that this businessman introduced in 1980. Being interested in the packaging business, he realized the potential of doy packs in the juice industry, one thing other juice companies failed to see. Zest-O Corporation is now exporting products around the world.







Socorro Ramos (National Bookstore)

The country's premier bookstore started from a small barong-barong that the Ramos family had shortly after the Japanese occupation in Manila. Since then, Socorro Ramos and her husband Jose Ramos worked their way to building store after store until their bookstore became a national icon, thus the National Bookstore.

David Consunji (DMCI Construction firm)

He is Chairman of the Board of the country’s largest construction services company dealing with concrete products and electrical works. DMCI Holdings, Inc. is also engaged in the construction, operation and investment of power plants.

John Gokongwei Jr. (JG Summit Holdings)
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With a net worth amounting $680 million in 2008, one can only speculate how disciplined and goal-oriented this businessman is. His holdings stretch from financial services, petrochemicals, aviation (Cebu Pacific Air), telecommunications (Digital Communications Philippines), hog farming and food (Universal Robina Corporation), and real property (Robinson’s Land).






Tony Tan Caktiong (Jollibee)

It was in 1975 that Tony and his brothers started an ice cream parlor that later grew to be the country’s largest fastfood chain Jollibee.

Manny Villar (C&P Homes)
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His is the classic story of a poor Tondo-boy-turned-millionaire through hard work and perseverance. With just P10,000 as capital and an unimaginable amount of willpower, he started a small trucking business which later blossomed into a large-scale real property asset.





Andrew Tan (Megaworld Corp.)

Finance Asia named Megaworld Corporation as the Best-Managed Company in the Philippines back in 2006, thanks to the superb leadership of Andrew Tan. He also owns the Emperador Distillers Incorporation and Golden Arches Development Corp.

Henry Sy (SM Prime Holdings)

The country’s richest man in 2008 with a net worth of $1.4 billion also owns the world’s sixth largest mall the SM Mall of Asia. He is also the owner of the country’s top banks – Banco de Oro and China Banking Corporation.

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