Forbes top 50 list of Asia’s most powerful women: Tessie Sy-Coson of SM is the Philippines’ sole entry

SM Investment Corp vice-chair Teresita Sy-Coson was Forbes Asia’s March issue cover, as the magazine launched its first-ever list of Asia’s Power Business Women. She was the Philippines’ sole entry to the list of Asia’s 50 Power Businesswomen by Forbes, making it to number 40.

Among nine others from the Chinese mainland on the list, most are self-made entrepreneurs who have wide influence.

Six are from Hong Kong, including investment banker Jing Ulrich. Cher Wang, a businesswoman from Taiwan and co-founder and chairman of smart phone producer HTC, is also on the list

Honourees from South Korea include: Lee Mi-Kyung (member of the Samsung founding clan), is Vice Chairman of CJ Entertainment & Media, which distributes top Hollywood films, runs 16 cable channels, produces big-budget Korean films and owns the largest movie theater franchise in the country. Romi Haan, founder and CEO of Haan Corp is the inventor of a steam floor cleaner that was inspired by her own dread of the chore as a housewife in Korea. Kim Sung-Joo defied gender-biased demands from her parents not to enter business and founded her own fashion company, Sunjoo Group and is also Chairman of luxury brand, MCM Holding.

Forbes definition of “powerful women” is defined as the major part of the ability to shape the business environment.

The complete list as follows

1 Karen Agustiawan 53 Pertamina Indonesia
2 Vinita Bali 56 Britannia Industries India
3 Shobhana Bhartia 55 HT Media India
4 Laura Cha 62 HSBC Asia Pacific Hong Kong
5 Solina Chau 50 Horizons Ventures Hong Kong
6 Eva Chen 52 Trend Micro Japan
7 Linda Chen 45 Wynn Macau Macau
8 Cheung Yan 55 Nine Dragons Paper China
9 Chew Gek Khim 50 Straits Trading Singapore
10 Chua Sock Koong 54 Singapore Telecom Singapore
11 Wei Sun Christianson 55 Morgan Stanley China
12 Chu Lam Yiu 42 Huabao International Holdings China
13 Dong Mingzhu 57 Gree Electric Appliances China
14 Romi Haan 47 Haan Corp. South Korea
15 Ho Ching 58 Temasek Singapore
16 Pansy Ho 49 Shun Tak Holdings / MGM China Hong Kong / Macau
17 Hyun Jeong-Eun 57 Hyundai Group South Korea
18 Shinta Widjaja Kamdani 45 Sintesa Group Indonesia
19 Yue-Sai Kan 62 Yue-Sai Kan Cosmetics China
20 Ekta Kapoor 36 Balaji Telefilms India
21 Gail Kelly 55 Westpac Banking Australia
22 Kim Sung-Joo 55 Sungjoo Group / MCM Holdings South Korea
23 Chanda Kochhar 50 ICICI Bank India
24 Lee Mi-Kyung 53 CJ Entertainment & Media South Korea
25 Mai Kieu Lien 58 Vinak Vietnam
26 Olivia Lum 51 Hyflux Singapore
27 Cher Wang 53 HTC Taiwan
28 Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw 58 Biocon India
29 Zia Mody 55 AZB & Partners India
30 Siti Hartati Murdaya 65 Central Cipta Murdaya Indonesia
31 Junko Nakagawa 46 Nomura Holdings Japan
32 Christina Ong 63 Como Group Singapore
33 Gina Rinehart 58 Hancock Prospecting Australia
34 Shikha Sharma 53 Axis Bank India
35 Wang Shaw-lan 70 United Daily News / Lanvin Taiwan / France
36 Yoshiko Shinohara 77 Tempstaff Japan
37 Mallika Srinivasan 52 Tractors & Farm Equipment India
38 Liu Yang 47 Atlantis Capital Group Hong Kong
39 Sun Yafang 56 Huawei Technologies China
40 Teresita Sy-Coson 61 SM Investment Corp. Philippines
41 Jing Ulrich 44 JPMorgan Hong Kong
42 Wang Fengying 41 Great Wall Motor China
43 Wu Yajun 47 Longfor Properties China
44 Marjorie Yang 59 Esquel Group Hong Kong
45 Yang Mianmian 70 Haier Group China
46 Wendy Yap 55 PT Nippon Indosari Corpindo Indonesia
47 Peggy Yu 46 China
48 Yuwadee Chirathivat 58 Central Department Store Thailand
49 Zhang Xin 46 Soho China
50 Zhou Yaxian 52 Shenguan Holdings China
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