Top Taxpayers in the Philippines

  Celebrity Kris Aquino, the Philippines top taxpayer in 2011  (Source: Universal Records)

Celebrity Kris Aquino, the Philippines top taxpayer in 2011 (Source: Universal Records)

Celebrity Kris Aquino, youngest sister of President Noynoy Aquino, paid the most taxes in the Philippines in 2011, beating out the country's billionaires, according to data from the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR).

Aquino paid nearly P50 ($1.2) million in income taxes in 2011. None of the country’s billionaires were on the Top Ten. Mall tycoon Henry Sy, Sr., named the richest man in the Philippines by Forbes magazine, ranked 15th on the BIR list with P17 million ($411k) income tax.

The BIR on Monday released its list of Top 500 individual taxpayers for 2011. The list includes familiar names from business and entertainment, as well as not-so-familiar names. (For the full list, click here)

TOP 20 TAXPAYERS 2011

1. Kris Aquino (celebrity) – $1,200,000

2. Gregory Reichow (Sunpower Philippines) - $918,000

3. Lauro Baja Jr.  - $822,000

4. Manuel V. Pangilinan (PLDT, Metro Pacific) - $628,000

5. Aurelio Montinola III (BPI) - $604,000

6. Gerardo Ablaza (Manila Water) - $556,000

7. Philippe Lhuillier (Cebuana Lhuillier) - $532,000

8. Victor Angeles - $508,000

9. Roberto Panlilio - $483,000

10. Felipe Gozon (GMA Network) – $483,000

11. Vincent Nguyen - $459,000

12. Jean Henri Lhuillier - $435,000

13. Joseph Mitchell Gault - $435,000

14. Estelito Mendoza (lawyer) - $435,000


15. Henry Sy, Sr. (SM group) - $411,000

16. Orlando Vea (Smart Communications) - $388,000

17. Agnieszka Romanczuk - $387,000

18. Anthonie Jansen - $363,000


19. Marvic "Vic" Sotto (TV host, actor) - $363,000

20. Ray Espinosa (Mediaquest) - $363,000

The full list of the BIR's top 500 individual taxpayers can be found here.