- I wanna be a billionaire so fricking bad, Buy all of the things I never had, Uh, I wanna be on the cover of Forbes magazine, Smiling next to Oprah and the Queen.
The reason why I am singing this is because recently Four Filipinos got a spot in the Forbes list of world’s wealthiest persons acquiring billions of net worth.
Mainstay listers Henry Sy and Lucio Tan remain as Philippines’ wealthiest individual. They did not only maintain their post but moved up in the list.
Henry Sy became the 173rd wealthiest man in the world being the mall magnate and the richest person in our country. On the other hand, Lucio Tan known for Philippine Airlines, the country’s largest cigarette maker, and second largest beer brewer leaped 70 spots forward reaching the 512th position.
Sy’s fortunes were estimated to have risen to $5.8 billion while Tan’s net accumulated $2.3 billion, both an increase of third as of February 2011.
Newcomers in the list were Andrew L. Tan of diversified Alliance Global Group, Inc. and Enrique K. Razon, Jr. who heads International Container Terminal Services, Inc. (ICTSI).
Debut in stocks in 2010, Andrew Tan reached a net worth of $2.2 billion after Alliance Global, the holding company for his real estate, food and beverage and gaming businesses, enjoying the 540th billionaire slot.
The value of Mr. Razon’s ICTSI, on the other hand, earned $1.1 billion which grew up only last year assuming the 1,057th post.
Meanwhile, the world’s richest man according to the Forbes list wasn’t Bill Gates anymore for he only placed second to Mexican telco mogul Carlos Slim Helu whose net worth was valued at $74 billion.
Joining the top 10 list were fashion house owner Bernard Arnault, Larry Ellision of Oracle, steel magnate Lakshmi Mittal, Amancio Ortega of the apparel brand Zara, Brazilian mining and oil tycoon Eike Batista, Mukesh Ambani who runs petrochemical businesses and Christy Walton of Walmart.
Unfortunately, Jaime Zobel de Ayala who had been a mainstay in the list wasn’t mentioned in this year’s global list.