Tony Tan Caktiong

Tony Tan Caktiong is a Filipino businessman and investor, best known as the founder and chairman of Jollibee Foods Corporation, one of the world's fastest-growing Asian restaurant chains. He is also the co-chairman of DoubleDragon Properties.

Early life and education

Born in 1953 to Chinese immigrant parents, Tan Caktiong grew up in Davao City, Philippines. His father worked in a restaurant, which instilled in him an early interest in the food industry. He graduated from the University of Santo Tomas with a degree in chemical engineering in 1975.

Jollibee and beyond

Tan Caktiong's entrepreneurial journey began in 1975 when he opened a small ice cream parlor in Cubao, Quezon City. This humble shop eventually evolved into Jollibee, a beloved fast-food chain known for its cheerful mascot and Filipino-inspired menu.

Over the years, Tan Caktiong successfully expanded Jollibee into a global empire, with over 3,200 stores in the Philippines and more than 2,700 stores overseas. He also diversified his business ventures by co-founding DoubleDragon Properties, a real estate developer.

Awards and recognition

Tan Caktiong has received numerous awards and accolades for his entrepreneurial achievements. He has been named Forbes Asia's "Businessman of the Year" (2016) and Ernst & Young's "World Entrepreneur of the Year" (2017). He is also a recipient of the Order of Lakandula, a prestigious award bestowed by the Philippine government.


Tony Tan Caktiong is a highly respected figure in the Philippines and a role model for aspiring entrepreneurs. His success story inspires countless Filipinos to pursue their dreams and contribute to the country's economic development.

Notable achievements

  • Transformed Jollibee from a small ice cream parlor into a global fast-food giant.
  • Diversified his business interests through ventures like DoubleDragon Properties.
  • Created thousands of jobs and contributed significantly to the Philippine economy.
  • Received numerous awards and accolades for his entrepreneurial achievements.
  • Served as an inspiration and role model for aspiring Filipino entrepreneurs.