Henry Sy is a Chinese Filipino businessman and the founder of SM Group and chairman of SM Prime HoldingsHenry Sy is a Chinese Filipino businessman and the founder of SM Group and chairman of SM Prime Holdings

Henry Sy is a Chinese Filipino businessman and the founder of SM Group and chairman of SM Prime Holdings, the largest retailer and shopping mall operator in the Philippines. He earned his Associate of Arts degree in Commercial Studies at Far Eastern University in 1950. Acknowledged as the country’s “Retail King,” he has come a long way from the modest shoe store he set up in Quiapo in 1946, to become Asia’s biggest shopping mall operator with over 30 malls throughout the Philippines. At this point of his life, he already began his journey towards climbing up his own mountain, the Mount Everest of the retailing business.
Henry Sy has inspired millions of people from the Philippines and around the globe and I am one of them. The characteristics that I like about Henry Sy is that even though he had many obstacles in his life but through his perseverance and hard work, and he didn’t give up on his journey and because of his determination, courage, his discipline and being a strong person, it reminds me that if you fail, do not be discouraged but you need to try again.