Jose de Venecia III is son of former House Speaker Jose de Venecia, Jr. Jose "Joey" P. de Venecia III is son of Jose de Venecia, Jr.. He was born in 1963, first marriage to Victoria Perez, the daughter of Eugenio Perez, who served as Speaker of the House of Representatives from 1946 to 1953. He is the youngest of 4 children and the siblings are: Alexandra (Sandra), Leslie and Vivian. Their marriage, ended in a divorce, and Perez now lives in Albany, New York. He is married to businesswoman Karen de Venecia.
His school years were spent at the Ateneo de Manila and La Salle Greenhills. After which, he continued his studies in the USA and earned a College degree in Accounting and a Master’s degree in Finance from the Fordham University as a full scholar. While at Fordham, Joey also taught accounting to MBA students.
Before taking his Master’s degree, he worked for five years at Arthur Andersen & Company (now known as Accenture) in Washington DC, the most prestigious accounting firm in the world at that time. He is owner and chairman of Hong Kong-based, Castle Rock Holdings, Ltd. which provides financial, information technology; and engineering services for infrastructure projects worldwide. He sits on the board of the agricultural company, Agrifisheries World Corporation, a joint venture with Chinese, Taiwanese and Filipino investors.
He may be a newcomer to Philippine politics, but is a tried and tested veteran in global business and finance. Joey de Venecia III has achieved a number of “firsts” in Philippine business. He successfully organized the first nationwide financial information paging network called “Index” in 1996 and helped set up the National Bank of Equatorial Guinea in West Africa.
Joey de Venecia III forever changed the Philippine business landscape when he founded and launched broadband technology in the Philippines in 2000.
Joey de Venecia III also pioneered and set up the first full-pledged call center in the Philippines with “Q” interaction which led today to the creation of 600,000 Filipino jobs and payroll salaries of at least $6-billion or more than P280-billion a year into our economy
As President of Broadband Philippines, he introduced the first mobile voice, data, internet and fixed wireless voice service for business in the country, in partnership with US-West, (one of the largest telecommunications companies in the world), Bank of America, and George Soros. As a businessman, he brought in around $100 million US dollars of foreign direct investments into the Philippines.
Joey de Venecia III became nationally known when he exposed the graft-tainted ZTE-national broadband network project and courageously testified in the Senate, exposing high officials. His expose led to the cancellation of the project and saved the Filipino people from a scandalous P16-billion foreign loan.
A firm believer in the saying, God helps those who help themselves, Joey envisions a society that gives every Filipino the opportunity to help himself or herself through a working partnership between the private and public sectors. He also believes that through information technology (IT), the Philippines can achieve dramatic economic growth that will lift it out of third world status.
In running for senator, he draws his inspiration to serve the public to his father and maternal grandfather. He is the son of five-term Speaker Jose de Venecia, Jr. and is the grandson of Eugenio Perez, the last Speaker of the Philippine Commonwealth and the first Speaker of the Republic of the Philippines.
- Born : 1963
- Nationality : Filipino
- Political party : Partido ng Masang Pilipino (PMP)
- Relations : Jose de Venecia, Jr. (father)
- Spouse : Karen de Venecia
- Education : Ateneo de Manila, La Salle Greenhills, Fordham University