The number of females on Forbes annual ranking of 50 richest Filipinos remained at 22 but their collective fortunes expanded by more than a quarter amid the lingering pandemic in 2021.
The lady dragons of the Philippines’ elite had a combined wealth of $22.19 billion, up 26 percent from $17.635 billion in 2020.
Tessie Sy remained the richest Filipina for the straight year with a net worth of $2.5 billion. Her Sy-bling, Elizabeth, was second with $1.9 billion.
In third place are the heiresses of the late taipan John Gokongwei – Robina, Lisa, Faith, Hope, and Marcia – with a collective net worth of $4 billion (including the share of their brother Lance).
A new entrant on the Forbes list is the better half of bilyonaryo Dennis Anthony Uy, Maria Grace, with a combo fortune of $2.8 billion to claim the fourth spot.
Daughters of the late taipan George Ty – Alesandra and Anjanette – were at fifth place with $2.2 billion (including their brothers Arthur and Alfred).
The Consunji sisters – Josefa, Luz, Cristina and Edwina -ranked at No. 6 with a combined fortune of $1.8 billion (including their brothers Isidro and Jorge).
Puregold’s Susan Co dropped to 7th place with $1.75 billion (including husband Lucio Co).
Mercury Drug’s Vivian Que Azcona slipped to No. 8 with $1.75 billion (including her siblings).
Soledad Oppen-Cojuangco, the widow of the late San Miguel boss Danding Cojuangco, settled at ninth place with $1.42 billion.
Monde Nissin co-founder Betty Ang soared up the rankings to No. 10 as her riches swelled to $1.4 billion.
Gotianun family matriarch Mercedes tumbled to 11th with $1.25 billion. At number 12 is Unilab’s Jocelyn Campos with $760 million (including brothers Joselito and Jeffrey).
The last woman to make the cut this year is new entrant Double Dragon investor Teresita Yujuico with a net worth of $210 million (jointly owned with husband Benedicto).
Two women dropped out of the tally this year – Juliette Romualdez, sister-in-law of former First Lady Imelda Marcos, and Far Eastern University chair emeritus Lourdes Montinola.