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.