John Gokongwei Jr.: From peddler to billionaire - The Standard
John Gokongwei Jr. Biography - John Gokongwei Net Worth
This is John Gokongwei Jr.'s speech delivered on March 1, 2002 during the launch of the Ateneo de Manila University John Gokongwei School of Management where he described his life as an entrepreneur, making his way up from bicycle age, batel age, trading age, age of manufacturing, age of brands until the age of globalization.
Big John: The Life Story of John Gokongwei Jr
John Gokongwei Jr. of JG Summit conglomerate that owns SM's rival, mall chain Robinsons, is the second richest with a net worth of $5.5 billion. Forbes said he moved up three spots after his company's stocks rose 30 percent, boosted by revenue growth in its petrochemical business and investments in Meralco, the Philippines largest power distributor. JG Summit also has interests in food and beverage, airlines, telecoms, property development, banking, retail, and hotels.
Not many people know that rags-to-riches business leader John Gokongwei Jr. of Cebu Pacific Air, C2 tea drink, Jack ‘n’ Jill snacks, Robinsons Malls and many other diverse businesses is a La Sallian (La Salle folks used to be and often still are called “La Sallite”).When I asked Robina and other family members whether UP would be the next beneficiary of a huge donation from the Gokongwei Brothers Foundation, they replied that it’s up to their father to decide. When I went to ask John Gokongwei Jr. the same question, he replied, “If we have the money.”