Eugenio Lopez III

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Eugenio Gabriel L. López III
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Chairman, ABS-CBN Corporation
Assumed office
December 10, 1997
Preceded by Eugenio Lopez, Jr.
President, ABS-CBN Corporation
In office
May 26, 1993 – December 10, 1997
Preceded by Eugenio Lopez, Jr.
Succeeded by Freddie M. Garcia
In office
January 1, 2004 – March 3, 2008
Preceded by Freddie M. Garcia
Succeeded by Charo Santos-Concio
Chief Executive Officer, ABS-CBN Corporation
In office
December 10, 1997 – December 31, 2012
Preceded by Eugenio Lopez, Jr.
Succeeded by Charo Santos-Concio
Personal details
Born Eugenio Gabriel L. López III
(1952-11-04) November 4, 1952 (age 62)
Manila, Philippines
Nationality Filipino
Spouse(s) Panjee Gonzales
Children Eugenio López IV
Santiago López
Andres López
Occupation Chairman, ABS-CBN Corporation; Businessman

Eugenio Gabriel L. López III, (born November 4, 1952) commonly known as Gabby López, is the current Chairman of ABS-CBN Corporation, the largest media conglomerate in the Philippines, with investments primarily in television, radio and film production. He is also director and treasurer of López Holdings Corporation (formerly Benpres Holdings Corporation), ABS-CBN's parent and the flagship company of the López Group.


He became chairman and CEO of ABS-CBN Broadcasting Corporation in 1996, when his father, the late Eugenio “Geny” López, Jr., turned over the reins of the family-owned company to the younger Lopez, who had been President from 1993 to 1996. The younger Lopez, being the eldest child, was being groomed by his father to be his heir apparent just like what his late grandfather did to his father then. His mother, Conchita "Chita" La'O was one of the daughters of the wealthy Chinese-Filipino Manila La'O family, whose other daughter married into the old Manila clan of Manotoc (making her an aunt of Tommy Manotoc, a former basketball player and golf aficionado, and ex-husband of Imee Marcos, daughter of Ferdinand Marcos.

Lopez has 4 children. His daughter is married, residing in London. The eldest son, Eugenio Manuel Lopez IV is also married, residing in California. The 2 younger children, Santiago and Andres live with Lopez in Manila.

ABS-CBN had enjoyed network leadership since its founding in 1953, apart from the years 1972 to 1986, when the company and all its affiliates were wrested from the Lopezes by the Marcos government. During this period and following his education, Gabby was employed at Crocker National Bank, where he served as Assistant Vice President in the Bank's backoffice processing area. He had an undistinguished banking career in the U.S. while waiting for work in his family's media and utility interests in the Philippines.

When control of the company was restored by the Aquino administration in 1986, Gabby Lopez was given a job by his father and started with ABS-CBN as Director of Finance. He was appointed General Manager a year later and the network regained its supremacy shortly after.

The leadership of Gabby Lopez saw the steady growth of ABS-CBN’s staple businesses, while he aggressively pursued the company’s diversification into various successful ventures. These include Interactive Media, Sound Recording, Post-Production, International Cable and Satellite Distribution, Sports Programming and Licensing and Merchandising.

A visionary, he created the Lopez Communications Group in 1997. CommGroup is the management committee that oversees the development and implementation of convergence projects for ABS-CBN together with BayanTel and SkyCable, the Lopezes investments in telecommunications and cable telephony and data warehousing across the three companies. He is also the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of CommGroup.

Lopez holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Bowdoin College (1970-1974) and a Master of Business Administration from Harvard Business School (1978-1980). He is a member of the prominent López family of Iloilo; his father, the late Eugenio "Geny" Lopez, Jr., is known as one of the innovators of Philippine television.

On 2012, he retired as CEO of ABS-CBN and was succeeded by the ABS-CBN president Charo Santos-Concio while remaining as chairman of its board of directors.


  • 2014 Tanglaw ng Araw Award, 9th Araw Values Awards
  • 2014 Lifetime Achievement Award, 22nd Kapisanan ng mga Brodkaster ng Pilipinas (KBP) Golden Dove Awards

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Preceded by
Eugenio Lopez, Jr.
ABS-CBN Chairman
December 10, 1997 – present
Succeeded by
Preceded by
Eugenio Lopez, Jr.
ABS-CBN President/CEO
May 26, 1993 – December 10, 1997
Succeeded by
Freddie M. Garcia
Preceded by
Freddie M. Garcia
ABS-CBN President
January 1, 2004 – March 3, 2008
Succeeded by
Charo Santos-Concio