Roberto Ong­pin

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Ong­pin is bet­ting on a come­back for him­self and his lux­ury prop­erty firm Al­pha­land, which delisted from the Philip­pines Stock Ex­change in 2014 af­ter a messy split from U.K. in­vest­ment group Ash­more. In 2016, Philip­pine pres­i­dent Ro­drigo Duterte vowed on TV to de­stroy oli­garchs and sin­gled out Ong­pin. Un­de­terred, Ong­pin (pic­tured with his daugh­ter) has been build­ing lux­ury vil­las on Balesin Is­land. He also has plans to con­struct an in­ter­na­tional air­port on nearby Pat­na­nun­gan Is­land, most of which he bought up over the past two years. He says he will relist his firm by next year.

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