Ricky Reyes Story

Topics: John Gokongwei, Zobel de Ayala family, Jaime Augusto Zobel Pages: 2 (585 words) Published: July 9, 2012
Ricardo Enriquez Reyes, Jr. (born April 12, 1950), commonly known as Ricky Reyes, also known as "Mother Ricky" is a Filipino hairdresser, philanthropist and businessman. He is the owner of Ricky Reyes chain of salons and host of TV program "Gandang Ricky Reyes". The money he earned from sweeping floors was used as capital for his first beauty parlor in 1970. Reyes now has a 44-branch network of Gandang Ricky Reyes salons.[1] MANILA, Philippines - What is beauty guru Ricky Reyes, a mere parlor sweeper in his boyhood, doing in the company of retail mogul Henry Sy, telecoms chief Manuel V. Pangilinan, banker Alfonso Yuchengco, Aboitiz holding company chairman Jon Ramon Aboitiz, Phinma head Ramon del Rosario Jr; top media honcho Oscar M. Lopez, JG Summit Holdings founder John Gokongwei Jr; and Ayala Corporation chairman Jaime Augusto Zobel de Ayala II. All these gentlemen have been named to Forbes Magazine’s “Heroes of Philanthropy.’’ This year, Ricky earned a spot in Forbes’ third annual 48 Heroes of Philanthropy list in the Asia-Pacific region. Forbes chose four leading altruists in 12 countries, from Australia to Malaysia to India, including mining tycoon Andrew Forrest, Indian benefactor Rohini Nilekani and Malaysian billionaire Ananda Krishnan, Chinese property developer Huang Nubo who donated $640,000 to Tibet University for scholarships, as well as $100,000 to the East Asia Library to California’s UCLA. Humbled

A champion of the poor and the downtrodden ever since he realized that it is in giving that he is most fulfilled, Ricky is surprised by this recognition. “I am most humbled to be included in the list,” beams Ricky on his new accolade. “I am simply giving back blessings which God has given me – not only materials things but also talent and skills that I have worked on over the years.” Ricky is considered by many as a beauty maverick whose business empire has diversified into education, and real estate. He was steered into doing civic work by his humble...
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