John Gokongwei 02John L. Gokongwei, Jr. (August 11, 1926 Gulangyu, Xiamen, Fujian Province, China) is a Chinese Filipino businessman with holdings in telecom, financial services, petrochemicals, power, aviation and hog farming. In 2008, Gokongwei has a networth of $680 million. His father, John Gokongwei Sr. the founder of Universal Robina Corporation. He is the chairman of JG Summit Holdings, one of largest conglomerates in the Philippines. In 2005, his company had spent $700 million of internally generated funds for buying new aircraft for his airline, Cebu Pacific Air, the largest carrier in the Philippines. From 2003 up to the present his telecom arm Digital Telecommunications Philippines spent nearly $800 million for its mobile unit Sun Cellular which is the 3rd largest mobile operator in the Philippines as of 2008. He is currently negotiating a $1 billion takeover of UIC a property giant from Singapore of which he owns in excess of 30%. UIC controls Singapore Land one of the biggest property landlord in Singapore. Gokongwei also owns Universal Robina Corporation, largest manufacturer of snacks in the Philippines and the maker of the very successful C2 green tea drink in the country. He also controls Robinsons Land one of the biggest property concerns in the Philippines that operates the Robinsons Malls.

He was born into a wealthy Cebu-based family, originally from China’s Fujian province. The family fortune was lost when his affluent father died. He started his business career during World War II, buying and selling rice, cloth and scrap metal. He is married, and has six children. His only son Lance Gokongwei is now in charge of the Gokongwei Empire serving as president and COO while his father serves as Chairman Emeritus. Although, his family affords luxury in life he encourages his family especially his eldest grandchild Isabelle Gokongwei to participate not only in socialite happenings but as well as charity events.

On August 29, 2007, at the Ateneo de Manila University, Gokongwei’s book, “John L. Gokongwei Jr.: The Path of Entrepreneurship” by the University’s Dr. Marites A. Khanser, was launched, and it narrated the “riches-to-rags-to-riches” story of the tai-pan. Gokongwei stated that entrepreneurship is a way out of poverty. In 2002 Gokongwei donated P200-million to the undergraduate school of management. and he also made donations to University of San Carlos, Xavier School, De La Salle University, Sacred Heart School and Immaculate Conception Academy.

On February, 2008,Forbes Asia magazine’s first Heroes of Philanthropy list included 4 Filipinos – Jaime Zobel de Ayala, John Gokongwei, Ramón del Rosario Jr., and Óscar López.The list is composed of 4 philanthropists each from 13 selected countries and territories in Asia.

John Gokongwei and fellow businessman Andrew Gotianun are cousins.

Other Information

  • Name: John L. Gokongwei, Jr.
  • Also known as : John Gokongwei
  • Date of Birth : August 11, 1926
  • Place of Birth: Cebu City, Philippines
  • Wife:  Elizabeth Yu-Gokongwei
  • Children : 6 children
    • Lance Gokongwei
    • Lisa Gokongwei-Cheng
    • Robina Gokongwei-Pe
    • Faith Gokongwei-Lim
    • Marcia Gokongwei-Sy
    • Hope Gokongwei-Tang
  • Schools Attended: San Carlos University in Cebu
  • Fortune: self made
  • Source: diversified

Business Interest

  • JG Summit Holdings
  • Henyo Bank
  • Universal Robina
  • Robinsons Land (including Robinsons Malls)
  • Cebu Pacific
  • Digital Telecommunications Philippines (Digitel and Sun Cellular)
  • United Industrial Corporation Limited (A Singapore listed company)
  • Robinsons Bank
  • JG Summit Petrochemical Corporation
  • Robinsons Retail Group
  • Summit Media


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  1. Sarah Jane Gabriel-Manansala

    31 March 2012

    Good Afternoon Sir,

    I, Sarah Jane Bravo Gabriel Manansala, of legal age, married to Mr. Philip Lapuz Manansala, live-in partner of Ms. Theresa Domaoal Manansala (EMPLOYEE OF ROBINSONS MALLS-STORE MANAGER TOPSHOP MALL OF ASIA).

    That, being the legal wife of my Husband Mr. Philip Lapuz Manansala, I am complaining Ms. Theresa Domaoal Manansala by using my Husband’s Surname MANANSALA in her personal interest especially to her work by submitting FAKE MARRIAGE CERTIFICATE to your office in order to state her marital status as married. How come, Theresa Ayen Domaoal Became, Theresa Domaoal Manansala if based from the records of The National Statistics Office (NSO) , it apeears that, THERESA AYEN DOMAOAL, DOES NOT APPEAR in their national indices of marriage for the bride, and NO FILE of MARRIAGE between Philip Lapuz Manansala and Theresa Ayen Domaoal from The City Civil Registry Manila, Manila City Hall. My question Sir, is, from where did she (Theresa Domaoal Manansala) took her Marriage Certificate if based from the records of National Statistics Office and Manila City Hall, her Marriage dated September 23,2002 in Manila, found Negative Resuts attested by the releasing officer Ms. Imelda Aguilar.

    I am filing this complaint against THERESA DOMAOAL MANANSALA, for IMMORALITY and FALCIFICATION/MISREPRESENTATION by acting in my behalf directly misrepresents that she is the legal wife of my Husband Mr. Philip Lapuz Manansala by SUBMITTING FORGED DOCUMENTS to your respective office and agencies.

    Sir, I know this is too personal. But as far as your office is concerned, I want to clear everything that Theresa Manansala is only my Husband Mistress. I am asking your good office to investigate Ms. Theresa Domaoal Manansala by asking her to submit original Marriage Certificate from the City of Manila, Manila City Hall and authenticated photocopy of her Marriage Certificate/Contract from The National Statistics Office (NSO) Quezon City with Official Receipt attached to prove that my complain is true.

    I want Theresa Domaoal Manansala be Dismissed or Terminated based on your company rules and regulations. I have legal documents here to prove that Theresa Domaoal Manansala is aware to my Husband status but still she misrepresents that she is the legal wife of my husband by submitting fake/forged documents to you office.

    I shall appreciate for whatever action you may be able to take to my complaint.

    Thank You very Much Sir,

    Mrs. Sarah Jane G. Manansala
    Legal Wife of Philip Lapuz Manansala
    [email protected]

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