Elizabeth Yu Gokongwei (right) with John Gokongwei Jr.


John Gokongwei’s widow dies a day after his burial


MANILA – Elizabeth Yu Gokongwei, wife of the late business tycoon John Gokongwei Jr., died on Saturday, a day after his burial. She was 85.

“Our mother, Elizabeth Yu Gokongwei, passed away peacefully on Saturday, November 16, 2019, one week after the death of our father, John Gokongwei, Jr., her husband of 61 years,” her son, Lance, confirmed in a text message to media.

The wake will reportedly be private.

Mrs. Gokongwei was a member of the Board of Trustees of the Gokongwei Brothers Foundation. Her projects included providing educational opportunities to underprivileged youth.

Sources close to the family said Mrs. Gokongwei suffered a stroke following exhaustion from her husband’s five-week hospitalization.

Mr. Gokongwei died on November 9 in Manila at the age of 93. The Cebu-native was the Philippines’ third-wealthiest person, with a net worth of $5.8 billion.

The couple are survived by their children Robina, Lance, Lisa, Faith, Hope and Marcia. Lance is president and chief executive of JG Summit; Robina is the president of Robinson Retaim and Lisa runs Summit Media.

JG Summit has interests in air transportation, telecommunications, banking, food, power, and property. ICA/Expat Media


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