Feminists claim there is still disparity between men’s and women’s income. Well, we’re not going to challenge that claim here, but we’re going to show you that this society has a place for women, too.
We have scoured the internet searching for references to lead us to at least an ostensible list of the richest female celebrities in the country. And when we say celebrities, we are not simply talking about actors. A celebrity is an important person, a very important person, in a particular society. A person becomes important based on his or her contribution to the society either through culture (as in show business celebrities) or in the economy, politics, the law, or education.
So without further ado, here’s the 25 of the richest female in the Philippines:
1. Imelda Romualdez Marcos
Former first-lady, the wife of the late strongman Ferdinand Marcos, Sr., the indefatigable, controversial and also charismatic “Iron Butterfly” and now congresswoman. She claims her husband was already rich from trading gold before rising to power, while her critics accuse her of ill-gotten wealth. Cosmopolitan magazine in December 1975 ranked her as one of the world’s top 10 richest women and speculated that Imelda might be the richest in the world and wealthier than even Queen Elizabeth II of Great Britain.
2. Cynthia Aguilar Villar
A business alumna of the University of the Philippines and an MBA graduate of New York University. She is the business partner of self-made realty tycoon Senator Manny Villar. Cynthia is scion of the Aguilar political clan of Las Piñas.
3. Imelda O. Cojuangco