• DR. MICHAEL ROMERO, PhD the businessman at a glance

    In 2013, the 42-year-old entrepreneur made it to the Forbes’ Asia List of the ‘Philippines’ Top 50 Richest’ PHOTO BY RUY MARTINEZ

    In 2013, the 42-year-old entrepreneur made it to the Forbes’ Asia List of the ‘Philippines’ Top 50 Richest’ PHOTO BY RUY MARTINEZ

    Before conquering the world of business management and finance, Mikee Romero was a varsity basketball player in his junior and senior years at the De La Salle University, where he completed his degree in Management.

    • Soon after graduation, he opened up a printing press but the business was short lived. He acknowledges his then “weakness in business and finance” that led to the closure of his first venture.

    • Determined to turn his fate around, Romero took up his Masters Degree in Business Management at the Asian Institute of Managament, which he completed in 1997.

    • He pursued further studies at the International Academy of Management and Economics-Philippines and De La Salle University, where he earned his two Doctorate degrees in Business Administration and Political Economics in August 2006 and September 2008, respectively, with Academic High Distinction.

    • Even as he was completing higher education in the field of business and finance, the businessman was already vice chairman of his father Reghis Romero 2nd’s R-II Builders Inc. since 1994. He eventually became chief executive officer in 1998, and also sat as president and chief executive officer of Link Philippines Holdings Inc. from 1997 to 2003.

    • Eager to explore different business cultures, Romero was chairman and chief executive officer of Sunglow Land Inc. from 2001 to 2004, a subsidiary of a Singaporean listed logistics company. His short stint in Singapore included a managing director position in Freightlinks.com Pte. Ltd. from 2000 to 2003, before he became chairman and president of Freightlinks.com Inc. from 2001 to 2003.

    • When he finally returned to the Philippines, he already earned his first P100-million before reaching the age of 30. With his “golden touch” for business gaining acclaim, he took on the task of converting the Romero family’s reclaimed land into the Harbour Center Port Terminal, marking the start of a billion-peso empire.

    • Romero was chief executive officer (CEO) of Harbour Centre Port Terminal Inc. since 2003, and subsequently the Harbour Centre Port Holdings Inc. in 2007.

    • As Romero continued to build ports all over the Philippines, he became chairman and CEO of one of the biggest port terminal conglomerates in the Philippines, the publicly listed Global Port 900 Inc. in August 8, 2011. His ownership of port operations include: Manila North Harbour Port Inc.—the biggest domestic container terminal in the Philippines; Northport Passenger Terminal—provides passenger terminal operations for three million ship riding passengers each year; Zamboanga City Port Services Inc.—the biggest seaport terminal in western Mindanao; and Platinum Dredgers Inc.—a dredging and reclamation company

    • Multifaceted even in business, he also ventured into mining. He runs his mining activities under the Mikro-Tech Capital Inc. (MTCI), which operates 168 Ferrum Mining Inc. and Bayog 9 Mining Inc. Both mines are considered to have the country’s largest iron ore deposits.

    • In the airline industry, the businessman is chairman of “Asia’s biggest budget carrier,” Air Asia Zest Philippines.

    • He also runs the publicly listed Pacifica Inc. and Sultan 900 Inc., investments and holdings companies.

    • In 2013, Romero made it to the Forbes’ Asia List of the “Philippines’ Top 50 Richest.” He was ranked 26 with a net worth of $490-million.

    • In January 2014, Romero took on the reclamation and development of the 131-hectare mix-use township developments in Mandaue, Cebu, which he envisions as the “Global City of the South.”

    • With this long list of highly successful business ventures to date, Romero’s next goal is to make his first billion dollars by the time he turns 50.


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      • I admire his success, but what about his relationship with God. Just asking. “What profit a man even if he gains the whole world but losses his own soul”. He is very rich here on earth, but I hope, he is also rich in heaven. A very successful businessman indeed.