"I never run way from challenges no matter how extremely difficult. Giving up is not in my DNA."
Shrimps & Fishes
At a very young age, he was already helping his mother sell shrimp and fish in the Divisoria Market. With the burning desire for a better future and a strong determination to improve his family's living conditions, he worked hard in selling shrimps and fishes to be able to send himself school.
University of the Philippines Diliman
With hard work and perseverance, he earned his undergraduate and master's degree in Business Administration and Accountancy at UP Diliman.
Sand & Gravel
With an initial capital of P10,000 in 1975, Villar purchased two reconditioned trucks and started his sand-and-gravel business in Las Piñas.
It is here while delivering construction materials to big developers that he came up with the idea of selling house and lot packages when the convention then was for homeowners to but lots and build on them.
Vista Land & Lifescapes, Inc. is one of the leading integrated property developers in the Philippines and the largest homebuilder in the country which operates through nine distinct business units. Brittany, Crownaisa, Vista Residences, CoHo, Camella Manors, Camella Homes, Lessandra, Lumina are focused on residential property development while Vistamalls, which is also listed in the Philippine Stock Exchange (“PSE”) is involved in commercial property development.
Here We Go Again
A little over more than a year since the COVID-19 pandemic caused a total lockdown of the National Capital Region and the entire island of Luzon, the so-called “NCR plus” bubble —composed of Metro Manila and four adjacent provinces — Rizal, Bulacan, Cavite, and Laguna have been placed, again, under enhanced community quarantine or ECQ from March 29 to April 4 due to the surge in COVID-19 cases.
Trending Soon: Check Out Manny Villar’s Hip Instagram Hashtag
The country’s richest man is upping his Instagram game after years of sharing snippets of his life once in a while. Manny Villar hinted he will post more Instagram content in the coming days by sharing his personalized hashtag, #VillarCreations.
15 Filipinos on Forbes Billionaires List 2020; Villar is Richest in the Country
Fifteen Filipinos are among the richest individuals on earth, according to the Forbes Billionaire’s List for 2020. At the top is former Senator Manny Villar (70 years old) who is at number 286 with a net worth of $5.6 billion, followed by ports king Enrique Razon, 60, at number 565 with $3.4 billion.
The late Henry Sy’s children Hans (64) and Herbert (63) Sy are in a 72-way tie at 1063 with $2 billion, followed by siblings Harley (60) and Henry Sy Jr., (67 ), and Alliance Global Corp. Chair Andrew Tan (67) along with 58 others at number 1135 with $1.9 billion each.
"I think we could have grown faster if our citizens had been entrepreneurs."—Manny Villar
With the release of the latest Forbes list of the wealthiest people in the Philippines, Manuel "Manny" Villar, Jr. now finds himself rising to the #2 spot—after tripling his net worth to US$5 billion, from $1.65 billion in 2017.
Entrepreneur, real estate tycoon, congressman, Speaker of the House of Representatives, senator, presidential candidate: Manuel Villar, Jr. has led a rich life—in more ways than one. We look back at this interview Villar did with Esquire Philippines in May 2015.
Manny Villar is Changing the Game in Retail
In the fifth year of his second wind as a developer, Villar ventures into retail with CoHo Lifestyle and is building ‘the most beautiful’ coffee shops, cinemas and supermarkets.
At first, he just wanted a coffee shop where he could hold meetings with his company’s executives, but he found these places too plain and cookie cutter. So, developer and former Senator Manny B. Villar set out to build “the most beautiful coffee shop in the country” and the Coffee Project was born.