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Highest earners in Philippine showbiz as of 2017

by | Entertainment

Ever wonder who among the rich and famous celebrities are the biggest earners? The Filipino Times listed the ten top grossers. Here they are.

Vice Ganda
Top 10 – Vice Ganda (Net Worth: P75 Million)

Actor, comedian, singer and television host, Vice Ganda is one of the well-loved celebrities in the Philippines. His chart-topping singles “Karakaraka,” “Whoops Kiri,” and the anthemic “Boom Panes,” have become the country’s iconic dance crazes.

Vice Ganda started his acting career via supporting roles in movies, “In My Life,” and “Hating Kapatid,” opposite Filipino superstars Vilma Santos, Judy Ann Santos, and Sarah Geronimo. His first leading role was in the 2010 remake of the 1988 classic cult favorite “Petrang Kabayo,” which became a certified blockbuster. His first success then spawned a series of other box-office winners. The movie, “Amazing Praybeyt Benjamin” in 2014 became the highest grossing Filipino movie of all time, with a record-breaking revenue of more than P450-million.

He was also awarded Movie Actor of the Year by the Philippine Movie Press Club Star Awards for Movies for his outstanding portrayal of four different characters in the picture.
Bong Revilla
Top 9 – Bong Revilla (Net Worth: P100 Million)

After finishing his studies in America, Ramon “Bong” Revilla Jr. returned home to the Philippines and began starring in some of the most popular action movies of the ‘80s. He also starred alongside his father in the action-drama movie “Dugong Buhay” which became a major hit. Ramon Revilla Sr. later entered the country’s political arena and was elected a senator in 1992.

Bong was first elected to the Senate in 2004, succeeding his father. He ran again for a second term and topped the senatorial race in 2010. His alleged involvement in the Napoles pork barrel scam led the Sandiganbayan to issue an arrest warrant against him and other co-accused on June 20, 2014. He is currently detained at Camp Crame.
Lucy Torres
Top 8 – Lucy Torres (Net Worth: P100 Million)

Lucy Torres was born to a rich family in Ormoc City, Leyte, Philippines. Her family owns several hectares of land in the province. Lucy’s first taste of the limelight was when she was introduced as the new model for Lux shampoo together with actor Richard Gomez in 1993. She married Gomez in a lavish wedding at St. Peter and Paul Parish Church in Ormoc City in 1998. The couple has one child, Juliana.

Lucy was cast in the ABS-CBN television series Richard Loves Lucy along with her husband Richard, Gloria Romero and Jolina Magdangal. She has also hosted All About You, Shall We Dance? and The Sweet Life. She also became an endorser for the clothing brand Bench and one of the celebrity designers for Kashieca, another clothing brand.

Lucy was elected representative of the 4th District of Leyte in 2010. On the May 9, 2016 national elections, Torres won her re-election bid defeating Violeta Codilla of the Aksyon Demokratiko party.
Kris Aquino
Top 7 – Kris Aquino (Net Worth: P120 Million)

Kris Aquino is highly regarded as one of the most popular television hosts in Philippine history. The “Queen of all Media,” Kris was born in 1971 to former Philippine President of Corazon Aquino and former Senator Benigno Aquino Jr. – both deceased. She is the youngest sister of former President Benigno Aquino, III.
Kris is a TV host, actress, producer, entrepreneur, endorser, and writer. She has hosted numerous TV shows, and starred in movies and television series.
Of late, Kris isn’t that much active in showbiz and spends most of her time with her sons, Bimby and Josh. She is also busy working on other business avenues. She currently owns several major businesses including restaurants, flower shops and a film studio.
Vic Sotto
Top 6 – Vic Sotto (Net Worth: P150 Million)

Vic Sotto, is a Filipino actor, television presenter, comedian, singer-songwriter and film producer. He is well-known for his various television and film projects in major Philippine television networks – GMA Network, TV5, ABS-CBN and RPN. “Bossing” is one of the three pioneer hosts of Eat Bulaga!, the longest running noon-time variety show in the Philippines. He owns the film and TV production outfit M-Zet Productions.
Vic won four consecutive titles for Philippine Box Office King in the Guillermo Mendoza Memorial Scholarship Foundation Awards and received three nominations for Best Actor in the Metro Manila Film Festival Awards from 2004 through 2007.
Ricky Reyes
Top 5 – Ricky Reyes (Net Worth: P200 Million)

Ricky Reyes is a hairdresser, philanthropist and businessman. He owns the Ricky Reyes chain of salons and host of television program “Gandang Ricky Reyes.” The first parlor he put up in 1970 came from the money he earned from sweeping floors. Now, Ricky has a 44-branch network of Gandang Ricky Reyes salons.
In 2010, Forbes magazine selected Reyes as one of the 48 Heroes of Philanthropy in the Asia-Pacific region. Forbes picked him for his philanthropic work on health care and job training, particularly involving CHILD Haus (Center for Health Improvement and Life Development). CHILD Haus is a halfway house for poor, cancer-stricken children from provinces who are seeking treatment in Metro Manila hospitals. He was also chosen for leading a team of volunteers in feeding about 50,000 victims of Typhoon Ondoy for two weeks in 2009.
Vilma Santos
Top 4 – Vilma Santos (Net Worth: P500 Million)

Vilma Santos or Ate Vi is an actress, dancer, singer and politician. She began her acting career when she was only 13 years old after auditioning for a role in the film Trudis Liit. She won a FAMAS Award for Best Child Performer for her part in the film. She starred in dozens of other films throughout her career and has won nearly 100 awards over the span of the past five decades. Some of her memorable movies include “Dekada ’70,” “In My Life,” “Palimos ng Pagibig” and most recently the 2016 movie “Everything About Her.”
In 1998, Vilma ran for mayor in Lipa City, Batangas. She won and became the city’s first female mayor. After serving as mayor for Lipa City for a number of terms, she was elected governor of Batangas province in May of 2007. She is currently on her final term.

Top 3 – Willie Revillame (Net Worth: P600 Million)

Willie Revillame is a television host, singer-musician, songwriter, businessman, actor and comedian. He is known for developing a business, the Wil Tower Mall near ABS-CBN Eugenio Lopez Drive in Quezon City with business partner Manny Villar, which opened on September 15, 2013. He previously owned the restaurants W Bar and Wil Steak Town at Wil Events Place in Quezon City. Wil Tower Mall was developed by the real estate firm Vista Land, but Revillame’s holdings were later sold to his business partner and friend, former Senator Manny Villar.
In March 2015, Willie marked his homecoming in GMA Network, his original home network, via his newest weekly-variety program “Wowowin.” The program was airing on GMA Network every Sunday afternoon since May 10, 2015 and it became a weekday variety program in February 2016.
Sharon Cuneta
Top 2 – Sharon Cuneta (Net Worth: P1 Billion)

Sharon Cuneta-Pangilinan has starred in 53 films, 10 television shows, recorded 40 albums and worked as a celebrity endorser for many products.
On November 22, 2011, Sharon moved to TV5 with a P1 billion contract with the network. She parted ways with ABS-CBN, her home network of 24 years, on a cordial note. Her daily afternoon talk show Sharon: Kasama Mo, Kapatid premiered on May 14, 2012, and has been called an engaging program that aims to entertain and to inspire.
She returned to television in 2013 with a comedy series entitled, Madam Chairman, which premiered in October 2013 on TV5. On March 9, 2015, the famous actress returned to ABS-CBN as one of the juries in “Your Face Sounds Familiar.” ,
Manny Pacquiao
Top 1 – Manny Pacquiao (Net Worth: P9 Billion)

World renowned boxer Manny Pacquiao is currently serving as Senator. In professional boxing, he has held the WBO and lineal welterweight titles since 2016, and is currently in his third reign as WBO welterweight champion.
Manny is considered as one of the greatest boxers of all time as he is the first and only eight-division world champion, having won eleven major world titles. He is also the first boxer to win the lineal championship in five different weight classes. Likewise, Manny is the third boxer in history to win world titles in three of the original eight weight divisions of boxing, also known as the “glamour divisions” (flyweight, featherweight, and welterweight).
Manny has earned approximately US$19.2 million in pay-per-view buys and $1.2 billion in revenue from his 23 PPV bouts. He was named second highest paid athlete in the world in 2015 by Forbes magazine. Outside of boxing, he is also interested in basketball, business, acting, music recording and politics.

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