Top Ten Most Powerful Businessmen In The Philippines
Lucio C. Tan
Although the taipan of Philippine Airlines, Fortune Tobacco, Philippine National Bank, Asia Brewery, Tanduay and other firms has maintained a low profile – especially vis-à-vis politicians in recent years – Tan is still perceived to be influential due mainly to his legendary generosity towards political campaigns. Tan is considered the senior leader of the local Chinese business community today. His best friend Bicolano transport tycoon Robin Sy is now also president of the Federation of Filipino-Chinese Chambers of Commerce and Industry Inc.
According to Lucio Tan – who was in Xiamen City, south China during Holy Week – he was busy with educational charities. He mentioned that young people in the Philippines should learn Mandarin, because the rest of the world is doing so. Plus, China offers lots of economic opportunities. Tan, whose nickname is "Capitan" to peers and even rivals, declined to comment on the May 10 election.