Zobel de Ayala Family

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Illustrious forbears of Roxases, Zobels and Ayalas. L to R: Domingo Roxas, Carmen Roxas y Ayala, Enrique Zobel de Ayala, Pedro Pablo Roxas, Jacobo Zobel y Zangroniz, Jacobo Zobel de Ayala y Roxas

The Zobel de Ayala family is an influential Filipino family whose roots could be traced back to three great clans:

  • The Ayala family from Spain’s northern mountainous region of Alava, Basque country. The great patriarch of the clan was Juan Larrazabal Ayala who was already an established landowner in 1475. A descendant of the family, Antonio de Ayala, sailed from Andalusia to Manila in the 1800s;

Henceforth the children of Jacobo and Trinidad Zobel, Enrique and Fernando would change their surname Zobel y Ayala, following the Spanish tradition of conjoining the paternal and maternal surnames to Zobel DE Ayala. In this manner they would preserve and perpetuate their maternal family's Spanish and Basque roots. Henceforth the descendants would choose to follow their example.

Today the Zobel de Ayalas own the Ayala Corporation, a giant conglomerate that controls leading companies in finance, real estate, utilities, and telecommunications. When Filipinos refer to the Ayalas, they are actually referring to the Zobel de Ayala family. Some of the companies the family owns are the Bank of the Philippine Islands, Ayala Land, Manila Water Company, and Globe Telecom. Ayala Corporation is also primarily responsible for developing a majority of Makati City's residential and commercial areas since the 1940s. Some of the notable residential sites attributed to the family's efforts are the Forbes Park, Dasmariñas Village, Bel-Air Village, San Lorenzo Village, Urdaneta Village and Magallanes Village. In addition, Ayala Corporation developed the center of Makati into a mixed-use development now known as Ayala Center and its surrounding throughfares (Ayala Avenue, Makati Avenue, Paseo de Roxas & Sen. Gil Puyat Ave,) which now comprises the Makati skyline.

The De La Salle-Santiago Zobel School is named for Jacobo Santiago Zobel (1954-1965), the eldest son of Enrique Zobel.

The Zobel de Ayalas are among the three Filipino individuals/families listed in Forbes magazine's list of the world's richest people in 2006.[1]

Prominent members


  • Brillantes, Lourdes. 81 Years of Premio Zobel. Georgina Padilla y Zobel, Makati: 2006.

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