CORPORATIONS: King of the Islands

In Manila's block-long Soriano Building, the employees have a saying: "Pick up any piece of paper with writing on it from any drawer or table, and you'll find Soriano's initials on it." Don Andres Soriano not only leaves his mark on a mountain of paper work, but keeps a thumb on just about everything that moves in the Philippines. He is the islands' best-known businessman, biggest philanthropist, runs an industrial empire which provides the livelihood for 80,000 Filipino families. His enterprises' taxes (close to $30 million a year) make up 10% of the government's total tax revenue. His fortune...

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