3 richest celebrities in the Philippines

The entertainment and showbiz as an industry in the Philippines has been thriving. Thus, it is not a surprise to see some of the richest individuals in the country coming from this field. Here are the 3 richest Pinoy celebrities:

Willie Revillame (net worth: ₱600 Million)

Born Wilfredo Buendia Revillame, television host, singer, actor and comedian Willie Revillame had a tough start in the industry.

He was first known as a sidekick for big stars such as Cesar Montano in Kung Kaya Mo Kaya Ko Rin. But before he started his career in show business, he used to play drums in a local band. His first hosting career started in the early 80’s at GMA Network’s noontime variety program Lunch Date, together with his friend Randy Santiago.

In 1998 he started co-hosting ‘Sang Linggo nAPO Sila with the APO Hiking Society.

After that, he hosted three more noontime shows including Magandang Tanghali Bayan where he was one of the main hosts together with John Estrada and Randy Santiago. His biggest success in hosting started when he led the show Wowowee where he was able to produce his first album.

He was also one of the original hosts of Pinoy Big Brother when it started in 2005. He then had three more variety shows in TV5 and currently runs his weekly program Wowowee at GMA Network.

One of his biggest projects was the Wil Tower Mall in Quezon City with business partner Manny Villar. Revillame is known for having a heart for the poor, which made him even more famous as a variety and game show host.

Sharon Cuneta (net worth: ₱1 Billion)

Sharon is the richest woman celebrity in the Philippines. The Megastar has been one of the celebrities that has made a name in the industry. She is an actress, singer, and TV host. She also is the wife of former senator Francis Pangilinan and the mother of KC Concepcion.

Sharon is considered to be the highest paid Filipino celebrity endorser, earning from P8 million to P15 million per endorsement. She is said to own five houses as of present. It is no wonder that her celebrity net worth is staggering. She ventured into the entertainment industry in the 1970’s.

Since then, the actress-singer has starred in at least 53 films, 10 television shows, and numerous endorsements. She has also worked on 40 albums. The actress has worked with major TV networks, TV 5, GMA, and ABS-CBN.

№1 Manny Pacquiao (net worth: ₱9 Billion)

Our top spot belongs to none other than the People’s Champ himself, Sen. Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao. Unlike most of the people on the list, Emmanuel “Manny” Dapidran Pacquiao or Manny Pacquiao had a very difficult life as a kid. After his father left them, at an early age, he worked at a local bakery selling bread around their neighborhood to provide money for his mother who was at that time doing laundry for their neighbors. He left his home at the age of 14 and dropped out of school because of poverty. His eagerness to help his family made him decide to join amateur boxing tournaments and started his professional boxing career in 1995.

Pacquiao has a professional record of 67 fights (59 wins, 6 losses, 2 draws) and is considered to be one of the greatest boxers of all time as he is the first and only eight-division world champion. He won eleven major world titles and is the first boxer to win the lineal championship in five different weight classes. He was also named “Fighter of the Decade” for 2000’s by the Boxing Writers Association of America (BWAA), WBC, and WBO. According to Forbes, he has generated approximately $19.2 million in pay-per-view buys and $1.2 billion in revenue from his 23 PPV bouts and was recorded as the second highest paid athlete in the world in 2012.

Currently, he is the second highest individual taxpayer in the Philippines with over ₱210 million regular income taxes paid.