Henry Sy

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Henry Sy
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Native name 施至成
Born (1924-10-15) October 15, 1924 (age 92)
Jinjiang, Quanzhou, Fukien, China
Residence Manila, Philippines
Nationality Filipino
Education Far Eastern University
Occupation Businessman
Known for Founder of SM Group
Net worth US$14.3 billion (June 2017)[1]
Spouse(s) Felicidad Tan-Sy
Children 6 (inc. Teresita)
Parent(s) Henry H. Sy
Tan O Sia

Henry T. Sy, Sr. (Chinese: ; pinyin: Shī Zhìchéng; Pe̍h-ōe-jī: Si Chì-sêng; born October 15, 1924) is a Chinese-Filipino business magnate, investor, and philanthropist. He is involved in the industries of real estate, hospitality, banking, mining, education, and health care. He is responsible for the establishment of SM Malls, anchored by Shoemart Department Store and Supermarket. He is the chairman of SM Prime Holdings, Inc., the holding corporation for all his business interests in his vast business empire. In 2015, Forbes Magazine listed him as the richest man in the Philippines, ahead of 11 other billionaires including John Gokongwei and Lucio Tan.[2]

Early life[edit]

Henry Sy was born to a poor family in Jinjiang, Quanzhou, China on October 15, 1924. He is the son of Henry H. Sy and Tan O Sia.[3]

He completed his secondary education in a school now known as Chiang Kai Shek College[4] and earned his Associate of Arts degree in Commercial Studies at Far Eastern University in 1950.[5]


In 1958, Sy established a small shoe store in Quiapo, Manila that marked the establishment of SM Prime Holdings.[6] In November 1972, the small shoe store became SM Quiapo, SM's first standalone department store.

On November 8, 1985, he established his first SM Supermalls, SM City North EDSA.[7]

He is the Philippines' richest man, gaining $5 billion in 2010, amid the global financial crisis. The huge gain was due to his holding company, SM Investments Corporation, which has interests in Banco de Oro, inter alia. Forbes magazine's 2008 list of 40 wealthiest Filipinos, revealed the Sy family's net worth was $6.2 billion. Earlier, he was the second wealthiest individual in the Philippines, next to Lucio Tan, and (as of 2010) 201st in the world.

Sy is considered a tai-pan. The Sy group is the operator of Banco de Oro and owner of Chinabank. In 2006, he bought the remaining 66% of Equitable PCI Bank which is merge to BDO today, the Philippines third largest lender, in which he already had a 34% stake, and merged it with Banco de Oro in 2007. The merger created the Philippines' second largest financial institution with resources of close to $17 billion.

In August 2005, Sy's stake in the San Miguel Corporation, Southeast Asia's largest food and beverage conglomerate, reached 11%.[8] He sold that stake in October 2007[9] for $680 million.

Henry Sy, Sr., was named "Management Man of the Year" by the Makati Business Club in 1999 and was conferred an Honorary Doctorate in Business Management by De La Salle University in January of that year. He organized the SM Foundation Inc., which helps underprivileged and promising young Filipinos.

He has six children.[10]


  • Management Man of the Year" by the Management Association of the Philippines – 1999
  • Honorary Doctorate in Business Management by De La Salle University in January 1999
  • 40 Richest Filipinos of 2008
  • Forbes magazine Heroes of Philanthropy 2009
  • 1st Chinese-Filipino recipient of the PCE Big Brother of Filipino Entrepreneurs award (2006)
  • 1st Chinese-Filipino recipient of the PRA President's Award (2005)


  1. ^ "Henry Sy & family". Forbes online. June 2012. 
  2. ^ Leyco, Chino (March 2, 2016). "Henry Sy remains PH’s richest person – Forbes". Manila Bulletin. Retrieved March 2, 2016. 
  3. ^ Philippine Businessman | Henry Sy, Sr.. People (2009-08-10). Retrieved on 2012-01-02.
  4. ^ Stepping Up to the Big Time – Sunday Inquirer Magazine. Inquirer.net. January 11, 2009. Retrieved on 2012-01-11.
  5. ^ Bignotia, Carmela (2007-03-10). "Henry Sy Sr.: The Man Truly Has It All". Retrieved 2007-10-16. 
  6. ^ Philippines mall mogul rakes it in as crisis hits rich: Forbes. AFP October 15, 2008
  7. ^ The mall that started it all: Celebrating 25 years of SM City North EDSA by Wilson Lee Flores – The Philippine Star » Lifestyle Features » Sunday Life. Philstar.com. August 15, 2010. Retrieved on 2012-01-11.
  8. ^ "SM's Henry Sy hikes stake in SMC to 11%". Philstar Global. August 13, 2005. 
  9. ^ "(UPDATE 2) Henry Sy son in P45-B Meralco stake bid". ABS CBN News. October 30, 2009. 
  10. ^ Top 10 richest Chinese in the world