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48. Terersita Sy-Coson
Terersita Sy-Coson
Vice Chairman
SM Investments
Country: Philippines
2007 rank: 41

Sy-Coson, 57, presides over the $1.7 billion holding company, which spans retail, banking, and real estate. But its mass appeal comes from its shoes. Last year its stores sold 22 million pairs of footwear, making it the largest shoe outfitter in the country and helping boost SMIC's revenues 38%.

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