- Former Sen. Manny Villar is a self-made billionaire
- He ranked 2nd as the richest person in the Philippines for 2018
- Villar has established his wealth through different business ventures
Manuel “Manny” Bamba Villar Jr. was listed as the top 2 richest person in the Phillippines this 2018 according to Forbes. Villar was a former senator, Senate President and House Speaker. He is also doing great with business and real estate ever since then. He is the husband of incumbent Senator Cynthia Villar.
He grew up in the slums of Tondo, Manila. He took up business administration at the University of the Philippines-Diliman where he also got his master’s degree.
He is the man behind the Villar Group of companies. KAMI learned that his net worth is around $4.7 billion as of today (November 5, 2018). As listed by Forbes, he is the chairman of Starmalls.
He is also the chairman of Vista & Landscapes. His flagship property was C&P Homes and was listed on the Philippine Stock Exchange (PSE).
The Villar family also owns the Golden Haven Memorial Park and Golden Bria Holdings. The family-owned Vista Land & Lifescapes Inc. , which was listed as privately owned by PSE, also aims to invest 10 malls. They also own the Vista Malls in the Philippines. Villar also ventured into coffee shops and owns the growing The Coffee Project. He also formed another company, the Vitacare Healthgroup Inc.
Villar also owns a ‘powerhouse’ in Tagaytay City. His rest house gives a Swiss vibe. He also owns residential properties in Las Pinas and The Fort.
Villar is truly an inspiration to many for being a self-made billionaire. In a report by GMA News, he said, “Kapag minahal mo ang pera, hindi ka yayaman.” This is also his belief that keeps him going.
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