Some rags-to-riches stories may be hard to believe, but all never fail to inspire. Like the story of the visionary billionaire Andrew Tan. Besides being in the real estate and liquor industries, his conglomerate AGI also holds substantial shares in Golden Arches Development Corp—the company responsible for the exclusive nationwide Philippine franchise of McDonald’s fast-food chain—through a strategic partnership with the George Yang Group.
Who would have thought that behind these big businesses is a man whose father was a factory worker in Mainland China. When his family migrated to the Philippines, he had to work as a part-time tutor so he could afford to send himself to university.
If Tan’s life in youth was the opposite of what he enjoys now, it was exactly what he envisioned his life to be. His dream was simple: to start his own business and make his family’s life better. He did reach this dream, and more, as he is now a consistent name on the list of the richest Filipinos, according to Forbes.
It took tons of blood, sweat, and tears, and decades of uphill climb before it became the success story that it is now.— Andrew Tan