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10 Top Pinoy Entrepreneurs
Entrepreneur Philippines lists ten game-changers that shaped the local business arena.
Published on: Nov 9, 2010 - 10:05am

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Extraordinary business leaders leave their mark when they create brands that shape the lives of consumers. For its 10th anniversary issue, Entrepreneur Philippines puts the spotlight on 10 great Pinoy entrepreneurs who are not only known for raking in the big bucks, but as game-changers who influence, innovate and inspire.


10. Rajo Laurel

World-renowned fashion designer Rajo Laurel says his love affair with fashion started when he was 11. “I often daydreamed about beautiful women drifting by, dressed in elegant gowns made from rich fabrics... these daydreams would end up in notebooks,” Laurel tells Entrepreneur. Rajo Laurel Enterprises has built multiple brands and crafted clothing lines to dress the country’s elite, and has landed him the cover of US fashion magazine Women’s Wear Daily for his “cobweb” dress. To date, his muses include some of the most prominent local personalities, including former presidents Corazon Aquino and Gloria Macapagal Arroyo.

 

 

9. George Yang

 


“You have to think thrice before going into this business,” master McDonald’s franchisee George Yang tells Entrepreneur. It took him five years to convince the All-American hamburger chain to do business in Manila, and competition was fierce when he finally opened the first McDonald’s branch in 1981. After all, he had to introduce the global brand to a local market that already had a long-standing favorite fast food chain. Yang says it wasn’t easy, but with the help of his son, Golden Arches president and CEO Kenneth Yang, the Filipino-Chinese entrepreneur says the key to his success was adapting to the local culture.

 

 

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24 Comments
  • Reenziilleex
    Thanks for this. Big help to our project! =)
    5 months ago     Reply  
  • Denzel Villareal
    I LOVE ASHLEY VILLANUEVA!! :* :">
    8 months ago     Reply  
  • 7thHarmony
    HELLO! GUYS ;)
    8 months ago     Reply  
  • AnyDirectioner
    Sino walang promdate??????
    8 months ago     Reply  
  • AnyDirections
    YOU DON'T KNOW YOU'RE BEAUTIFUL! ;) & YOU'VE GOT THAT FIVE THINGS ;)
    8 months ago     Reply  
  • AlexTan
    Buti pa lolo ko mayaman =)))))))))
    8 months ago     Reply  
  • AlexTan
    LOLO KO YAN! ;)
    8 months ago     Reply  
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  • HenrySy
    COMMENT
    8 months ago     Reply  
    1
  • LucioTan
    i hope someday i will become like Lucio Tan, my idol :>
    8 months ago     Reply  
  • [email protected]
    i hope that someday i will be become like my idol Henry Sy, the good entrepreneur.
    Oct 14 2012 @ 07:48pm     Reply  
  • spot fan
    @nooni- good point! thanks for clarifying that for the others who are questioning this post. i myself am a big fan of rajo, ben chan, andrew tan and henry sy. their stories are truly inspiring:-)
    Nov 12 2010 @ 02:19pm     Reply  
  • kitty gochengtan
    @gijane, in spite of having chinese ancestry, they are certified Filipinos too. Don't be a racist. Targeting chinoys won't help this country.
    Nov 12 2010 @ 01:37am     Reply  
  • nooni
    this is a list of entrepreneurs, meaning they started their businesses from scratch. they built their own empire.rnThe ayalas, on the other hand inherited whatever they have today from their parents (BPI is more than a hundred years old)rnand as for MVP, he actually started as a chief executive and then became an investor, unlike the others from this list, he didn't start PLDT, he came in picture only in 1998.rn
    Nov 11 2010 @ 09:30am     Reply  
  • nooni
    this is a list of entrepreneurs, meaning they started their businesses from scratch. they built their own empire.rnThe ayalas, on the other hand inherited whatever they have today from their parents (BPI is more than a hundred years old)rnand as for MVP, he actually was started as a chief executive and then became an investor, unlike the others from this list, he didn't start PLDT, he came in picture only in 1998.rn
    Nov 11 2010 @ 09:29am     Reply  
  • tina
    Proud to own a few Rajo designs. But he truely is a good business man. Plus the employees around him is his jewels. Congratulations Rajo and to all
    Nov 10 2010 @ 02:17pm     Reply  
  • antonio
    Lucio Tan's profile in this article is a huge lie! How can one be the biggest tax payer in the country if he has evaded PHP 35B in taxes?
    Nov 09 2010 @ 02:27pm     Reply  
  • kay
    Kapitan, kamusta na ang mga nagwe-welga mong empleyado?
    Nov 09 2010 @ 02:10pm     Reply  
  • oks
    entreprenuer kc... mga old riches and puppet naman yang 3.
    Nov 09 2010 @ 02:00pm     Reply  
  • midas
    Mi mga conspicously missing. Ayala-Zobel, Aboitiz, MVP, any explanations Spot?
    Nov 09 2010 @ 01:49pm     Reply  
  • victoria
    Bakit kaya wala si MVP? di pumasa sa standards ng spot. hehehehehe
    Nov 09 2010 @ 01:02pm     Reply  
  • pixie
    @gijane: hint hint
    Nov 09 2010 @ 12:55pm     Reply  
  • gijane
    Mas marami ang Chinoy sa Pinoy
    Nov 09 2010 @ 12:50pm     Reply  
  • pixie
    i love Nanay Coring! :D
    Nov 09 2010 @ 12:46pm     Reply  
  • mina
    hands down to number 1~ Henry Sy..rn[humming I want to be a Billionaire so freakin bad!!!...] just like them haha:)
    Nov 09 2010 @ 12:00pm     Reply  
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