The entertainment industry in the Philippines has been thriving. Thus, it is not a surprise to see some of the riches individuals in the country coming from this field.
As of 2015, here are the 5 richest Filipino celebrities, ranked in descending order.
1. Manny Pacquiao: Php9 Billion
Manny Pacquaio is also known as Pac-Man or the Pambansang Kamao. Pacquaio is considered to be the first and only eight-division world champion, winning a total of 10 titles.
After his fight with Timothy Bradley on April 9, the boxing champion said it is over for him in terms of boxing career. In the early 2000s, Pac-Man was named the “Fighter of the Decade” by the Boxing Writers Association of America.
According to Forbes Highest-Paid Athletes of 2014, Manny earned $41.8 million. Aside from his earnings from his boxing career, Pac-Man also have raised a huge amount of money from product endorsements.
2. Sharon Cuneta: Php1 Billion
Sharon has been one of the celebrities that has made a name in the industry. She is an actress, singer, and TV host. She also is the wife of former senator Francis Pangilinan and the mother of KC Concepcion.
Sharon is considered to be the highest paid Filipino celebrity endorser, earning from P8 million to P15 million per endorsement. She is said to own five houses as of present.
She ventured into the entertainment industry in the 1970’s. Since then, the actress-singer has starred in at least 53 films, 10 television shows, and numerous endorsements. She has also worked on 40 albums. The actress has worked with major TV networks, TV 5, GMA, and ABS-CBN.
3. Willie Revillame: Php 600 Million
Willie Revillame may be considered to be one of the most controversial celebrity of all time. The A-list comedian, television host and recording artist has survived several issues pertaining to both his private and public life.
Despite these controversies, it is still undeniable that Willie is considered to be one of the richest celebrity, amassing huge amounts of money from his own show.
Willie is also an entrepreneur and a real estate developer. He owns the Wil Tower Mall and several restaurants including W Bar and Wil Steak Town.
He is said to own a collection of luxury cars, 2 yachts, and a total of 4 houses.
4. Vilma Santos: Php 300-500 Million
She is more known through her nickname Ate Vi and her title Star for All Seasons. Aside from being an actress, Ate Vi is also a politician, serving as the governor of Batangas from June 2007 until June 30, 2016. After which, she will be representing the lone district of Lipa, Batangas, in the House of Congress. She was also the mayor of Lipa City from 1998 up until 2007.
Ate Vi is married to Senator Ralph Recto and is the mother of Ryan Christian and Luiz Manzano.
The actress-politician reportedly owns several posh houses in Ayala Alabang and Tagaytay Highlands.
5. Ricky Reyes: Php 200 Million
Ricky Reyes is a Filipino hairdresser turned businessman. His success story is not as lavish as those in the entertainment industry but it sure is inspiring and heart-warming.
Ricky started as a floor sweeper. Through determination and hardwork, Ricky saved all his hard-earned money and successfully started his beauty salon in 1970.
At present, Ricky now owns 44 branches of Gandang Ricky Reyes Salons. He also owns owned four mansions and four houses.
Aside from being a businessman, Ricky is also a philanthropist spending his time teaching the poor via his foundation Ricky Reyes Learning Institute (RRLI). This is his way of giving back to the less fortunate.
He is named by Forbes as one of the 48 Heroes of Philanthropy in the Asia-Pacific region in 2010.