ABS-CBN Chairman-CEO Eugenio Lopez III (left) and GMA-7 CEO Felipe Gozon (right) placed 39th and 30th, respectively, in this year's Forbes Magazine's "Philippines' 40 Richest list."

Photo: Noel Orsal

Network bigwigs Eugenio Lopez III of ABS-CBN and GMA Network's Gilberto Duavit Jr. and Felipe Gozon landed anew in this year's list of the "Philippines' 40 Richest," according to Forbes Magazine.

The list was published by the magazine on its official website on June 22, and it shows GMA Network COO Duavit Jr. occupying the 26th spot with a net worth of $190 million, while network CEO Gozon clinches 30th place with an estimated $163 million in assets.

ABS-CBN Chairman and CEO Eugenio Lopez III ranks No. 39 in the list, and is worth $90 million.

Oscar Lopez—who is the Chairman Emeritus of the Lopez Group of Companies (formerly Benpres Holding Corporation)—is at No. 23, with estimated wealth amounting to $280 million.

Businessman and GMA Network former President Menardo Jimenez's $185 million net worth, on the other hand, is good enough to corner the 27th spot.

It is interesting to note that all of the names mentioned suffered a dip in their respective rankings as compared to last year.

In 2010, Oscar Lopez was ranked No. 16; while Gilberto Duavit Jr., placed 25th overall in the list.

Menardo Lopez was at the 26th spot, Felipe Gozon at No. 27, and Eugenio Lopez III at the 36th slot, according to Forbes Magazine's report.

MOVING UP. While there are some who experienced a decline in their net worth, a handful of personalities also saw their fortune improve as compared to the previous year.

"Overall the number of billionaires has more than doubled this year to 11—a record haul," the report mentioned.

It also added that "thirty-two tycoons are richer," despite the 4.9 percent growth of the economy early this year due to sluggish trading and the government's low infrastructure spending.

Significant earners who made an impact in this year's list include International Container Terminal Services, Inc. (ICTSI) Chairman and CEO Enrique Razon Jr, Jose Antonio of Century Properties, Rebisco founder Jacinto Ng Sr., and Mang Inasal founder Edgar Sia III—whose net worth jumped from $50 million to $85 million after Jollibee Foods Corporation bought 70 percent percent of the barbecue chain restaurant in October of last year.

For the fourth year in a row, SM Prime Holdings Chairman Henry Sy emerged as the country's richest man, with a $7.2 billion net worth under his name.

Fellow business magnate Lucio Tan comes in at second place. The 77-year-old tycoon raked in an estimated $2.8 billion, higher than his $2.1 billion assets as published last year.