Imelda Marcos Net Worth 2017: Short Bio & Wiki

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Imelda Remedios Visitación Romuáldez y Trinidad was born on the 2nd July 1929 in Manila, Philippine Islands, of Visayan and Spanish descent. She is probably best recognized all over the world for being Imelda Marcos, a former First Lady and the widow of the 10th president of the Philippines – Ferdinand Marcos, from 1965 to 1986. However, she is infamous for her huge collection of shoes, but she is also known in the media as a former model.

So, have you ever wondered how rich Imelda Marcos is, as of late 2016? According to authoritative sources, it has been estimated that Imelda counts her net worth at the impressive amount of $5 billion, which has been accumulated through her involvement in politics as First Lady. Another source of her net worth came from her brief modeling career.

Imelda Marcos Net Worth $5 Billion

Imelda Marcos was raised with five siblings by her father, Vicente Romuáldez, and her mother, Remedios Trinidad; her uncle was Norberto Romuáldez, who was known as a Philippine Supreme Court Associate Justice. Thus, she speaks three languages – English, Tagalog, and Waray. After the death of her mother, she moved with her family from Manila to Tacloban, where she pursued her career not only as a model and prospective beauty queen, but also as a singer. At the beginning of the 1950s, she returned back to Manila, and there began to work in small music store, soon after entering her first notable beauty pageant for Miss Manila, finishing second; however, she was crowned as the Muse of Manila. This had an influence on her net worth and popularity.

Subsequently, she met her future husband Ferdinand Marcos, a politician and congressman at Nacionalista Party from Ilocos Norte, and married him in 1954, and they together had five children – one of them adopted.

Her political career began in 1965, when her husband was elected the 10th President of the Philippines, and she became First Lady. Under their presidency, the country lived in poverty, while they traveled a lot, and were involved in various controversies with other celebrities. However, she gained huge political power, as she became “the other half of the conjugal dictatorship”, and a huge number of public events was organized with money from national funds, such as the 1974 Miss Universe beauty pageant.

Nevertheless, Imelda established the Green Revolution, and served not only as an Ambassador Plenipotentiary and Extraordinary, but also as the Minister of Human Settlements. Thanks to that, she projected the Philippine Heart Center, the Cultural Center of the Philippines, the Calauit Safari Park, etc, which all increased her net worth to a large degree.

Speaking further about her career, Imelda was accused of the assassination of Benigno Aquino, Jr., an opposition leader, but found not guilty. However, Ferdinand Marcos lost at the elections in 1986, which led to a People Power Revolution. Two years later, both of them were charged with conspiracy, racketeering, and obstruction of justice, but in 1990, after the death of her husband, she was acquitted of all charges.

Additionally in her life, the documentary film “Imelda” was released in 2003, and in 2010 the album “Here Lies Love” was released, which was later converted to a rock musical. Beside that, her huge collection of shoes is exhibited in the National Museum of the Philippines.

Quick Facts

Birth date: July 2, 1929
Birth place: Manila, Philippines
Profession:Ferdinand Marcos' wife, Model
Education:Divine Word University of Tacloban, University of Santo Tomas
Nationality:Philippine
Spouse:Ferdinand Marcos
Children:Bongbong Marcos, Imee Marcos, Aimee Marcos, Irene Marcos
Parents:Vicente Orestes Romualdez, Remedios T. Romualdez
Siblings:Benjamin Romualdez, Concepcion Trinidad Romualdez, Alita Trinidad Romualdez, Alfredo Trinidad Romualdez, Armando Trinidad Romualdez
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Interesting Facts

#Fact
1Born and grew up in Manila near Malacañang Palace, but family moved back to Leyte, her maternal ancestor's place, when her mother died and their Manila home was foreclosed. She later moved to Manila where she later became a resident of Malacanan, the official residence of the President of the Philippines.
2Earned a bachelor's degree in education at St Paul's College in Leyte.
3Daughter of Vicente Orestes Romualdez and Dona Remedios Trinidad. Her ancestors founded the town of Tolosa, Leyte. Father was a scholarly man interested in music and culture while her mother was a dressmaker who grew up in an orphanage.
4Owns fashion line "Imelda Collection" with her eldest daughter, Maria Imelda (Imee) as designer. Products include jewelry, clothing and shoes.
5Grandson Martin "Borgy" Manotoc (Imee's son) is one of the most in-demand models in the Philippines.
6Fled with her husband Ferdinand Marcos, children, and closest associates for Hawaii in 1986 when a bloodless, military-backed popular revolt ended his 20-year rule in the Philippines. The Marcos heirs returned to the Philippines after the former president died in exile in Hawaii in 1989, despite a clutch of graft cases filed against them and civil suits against the Marcos estate, variously estimated to be worth about $10 billion.
7Her extensive shoe collection is world-renowned. When her family fled the Philippines in 1986 during a popular revolt, she left a treasure trove containing jewelry, some 1,500 pairs of shoes, dresses, and paintings by the masters.
8She also became a beauty queen. At the age of 18, she was crowned the "Rose of Tacloban," became "Miss Leyte", went to Manila in 1953, and was named the "Muse of Manila" by then Manila Mayor, Arsenio Lacson, after she protested her loss in the Miss Manila pageant.
9Husband Ferdinand Marcos became the 10th President of the Philippines in 1965. Together with Imelda, he would rule the Philippines for more than 20 years.
10She met then-Congressman (and future husband) Ferdinand Marcos in 1954. After a whirlwind courtship in Baguio City, Philippines during Holy Week, they were married in May of that year at the Manila Cathedral Church with President Ramon Magsaysay as principal sponsor.
11When her husband declared martial law in 1972, she assumed a public role in the government. She was appointed to various positions in the government, to name a few: Governor of Metropolitan Manila (now Metro Manila); Minister of Human Settlement; and Ambassador Plenipotentiary and Extraordinary.
12On December 7, 1972, an assailant tried to stab her to death with a knife during an awards ceremony broadcast live on television. The assailant was shot to death by security police; the wounds on her hands and arms required 75 stitches.
13Was elected as member of the 165-member Interim Batasang Pambansa (National Assembly) representing the National Capital Region in 1978.
14As a Special Envoy of the Philippines, she was instrumental in the opening of Philippine diplomatic relations with China, the Soviet Union, and the Soviet satellite states in Eastern Europe (Romania, Hungary, Czechoslovakia, East Germany, etc.), Middle East, Libya, and Cuba, in the securing of a cheap supply of oil from China and Libya; and in the signing of the Tripoli Agreement.
15In the "Madam & Eve" cartoon where South African President Thabo Mbeki is shopping for a second-hand executive jet, the salesman introduces an aircraft owned a by "a little old lady" -- Imelda Marcos. The plane has 1000 pairs of shoes on board.
16To this day, in popular media whenever the wife of a dictator is being depicted for the purposes of satire (be it in cartoons, sitcoms, etc.) a large collection of shoes appears to be a functional characteristic, in reference to Imelda.
17In July 1966, her husband was infamously snubbed by The Beatles, who were in the country on tour, when they did not accept an invitation to join the First Lady for breakfast. The famous no-show was televised nationally and public backlash towards The Beatles forced them to leave the Philippines immediately.
18While serving as the First Lady of the Philippines, she was instrumental in the establishment of the Cultural Center of the Philippines; Philippine Heart Center; Lung Center of the Philippines; Kidney Institute of the Philippines, Nayong Pilipino; Philippine International Convention Center; Folk Arts Theater; and the infamous Manila Film Center.
19Subject of the song "2000 Shoes" by the British band 'Big Audio Dynamite'. The song is included in the 1988 album, "Tighten Up, Vol. 88". Also mentioned in that song are Muammar Gadaffi, George Hamilton and Zedong Mao.
20When the Philippines hosted the 1974 Miss Universe Pageant, she had the cities of Manila and Baguio City painted to welcome the visitors and candidates.
21Passed a screen test with Fred Montilla conducted by director Olive La Torre. However, her parents refused their permission for her to enter become an actress, dashing her hopes of movie stardom.
22Mother of three: Ferdinand Marcos Jr. (aka "Bong Bong"), born September 13, 1957; Imee, born November 12, 1955; and Irene, September 16, 1960. Also has an adopted daughter, Aimee.


Quotes

#Quote
1The problem of the world today is the people talk on and on about democracy, freedom, justice. But I don't give a damn about democracy if I am worried about survival.
2They've listed my name in the dictionary - 'Imeldific' is used to mean ostentatious extravagance... But the truth will prevail.
3The only rich person is a person who is rich in spirit. I have no money deposit. I have only beauty deposit.
4Continuous persecution of widows and orphans is a crime. Even the Bible says there is a specific place in hell for those who oppress widows.
5I will come up with a project that will wipe out poverty in the Philippines in two years. I want to remove the people from economic crisis by using the Marcos wealth. Long after I'm gone, people will remember me for building them homes and roads and hospitals and giving them food.
6The Marcos era was the golden time for the Philippines. We had the lowest crime rate in the world in Manila and real development then. At last, people are starting to understand this.
7When they see me holding fish, they can see that I am comfortable with kings as well as with paupers.
8I beg Osama to stop warring. He is a Muslim, and Islam means peace. Nobody wins in a war... I wish I were tapped in the problem about Iraq. I knew Saddam enough that I could have talked him into surrendering. But it's too late.
9The Reagans were dear friends for many years, even when he was governor of California. Nancy appreciated a lot of Philippine-made things.
10My dreams have become puny with the reality my life has become.
11It's the rich you can terrorize. The poor have nothing to lose.
12My husband does not like me to give interviews because I say too much. No talk, no trouble.
13I am First Lady by accident. I was not elected by the people but here I am.
14My dreams were always small and puny. All I ever needed was a little house with a little picket fence by the sea. Little did I know that I would live in Malacanang Palace for 20 years and visit all the major palaces of mankind. And then also meet ordinary citizens and the leaders of superpowers.
15The problems with First Ladies is that you have to set the standard. My role is to be both star and slave.
16I was no Marie Antoinette. I was not born to nobility, but I had a human right to nobility.
17They call me corrupt, frivolous. I am not at all privileged. Maybe the only privileged thing is my face. And corrupt? God! I would not look like this if I am corrupt. Some ugliness would settle down on my system.
18You know, not even your British Queen is called just Elizabeth - she's Elizabeth the Second. There's only one Imelda.
19I get so tired listening to one million dollars here, one million dollars there, it's so petty.
20I have a different way of thinking. I think synergistically. I'm not linear in thinking, I'm not very logical.
21The Philippines is a terrible name, coming from Spain. Phillip II was the father of the inquisition, who I believe died of syphilis. It is my great regret that we didn't change the name of our country.
22If you know how much you've got, you probably haven't got much.
23I hate ugliness. You know I'm allergic to ugliness.
24We practically own everything in the Philippines.
25Filipinos want beauty. I have to look beautiful so that the poor Filipinos will have a star to look at from their slums.
26I love everybody. One of the great things about me is that I have a very positive attitude.
27Filipinos don't wallow in what is miserable and ugly. They recycle the bad into things of beauty.
28Doesn't the fight for survival also justify swindle and theft? In self defence, anything goes.
29It is shallow people who think beauty is frivolous or excessive. If you are bringing beauty and god, you are enriching the country. Rice feeds the body, books feed the mind, beauty feeds the soul. It is one thing I can really be proud of and stand tall in the world.
30Ferdinand was a gold trader. He was a lawyer for mining companies. When he entered politics in 1949, he had tons and tons of gold. When Bill Gates was a college dropout, Ferdinand already possessed billions of dollars and tons of gold. It wasn't stolen.
31God is love. I have loved. Therefore, I will go to heaven.
32If you know how rich you are, you are not rich. But me, I am not aware of the extent of my wealth. That's how rich we are.
33Never dress down for the poor. They won't respect you for it. They want their First Lady to look like a million dollars.
34I really had no great love for shoes. I was a working First Lady; I was always in canvas shoes. I did nurture the shoes industry of the Philippines, and so every time there was a shoe fair, I would receive a pair of shoes as a token of gratitude.
35I always say you can never be extravagant with beauty. Beauty is God made real. Beauty is life.
36Win or lose, we go shopping after the election.
37I hardly can sleep. I feel that my target now is really to save Mother Earth for humanity. And it's doable.
38I have never been a material girl. My father always told me never to love anything that cannot love you back.
39Life is not a matter of place, things or comfort; rather, it concerns the basic human rights of family, country, justice and human dignity.
40People say I'm extravagant because I want to be surrounded by beauty. But tell me, who wants to be surrounded by garbage?
41I did not have three thousand pairs of shoes, I had one thousand and sixty.
42When I left the Phillipines, people looked in my closets hoping to find skeletons, but all they founds were shoes.


Won Awards

Won awards

Won awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2011Golden Reel AwardFAP Awards, Philippines
2004Presidential AwardFAMAS Awards


Filmography

Soundtrack

Soundtrack

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Imelda2003Documentary performer: "Heaven Watch the Phillipines"

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Mariquina2014Herself
The Search for Weng Weng2013DocumentaryHerself
RSVP with Dr. Tess2012TV SeriesHerself
EDSA 25: Sulyap ng kasaysayan2011TV Movie documentaryHerself - Former First Lady
Thrilla in Manila2008TV Movie documentaryHerself
Independent Lens2005TV Series documentaryHerself
Imelda2003DocumentaryHerself
Ruby Wax Meets...1996TV Series documentaryHerself
Saturday Night Clive1991TV SeriesHerself
The Howard Stern Show1991TV SeriesHerself
HBO Boxing1975TV Series documentaryHerself

Archive Footage

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
History2013TV Series documentaryHerself
Frost on Interviews2012TV Movie documentaryHerself (uncredited)
I-Witness2011TV Series documentaryHerself
Machete Maidens Unleashed!2010DocumentaryHerself
The Autobiography of Nicolae Ceausescu2010DocumentaryHerself
Maalaala mo kaya2010TV SeriesHerself
Dawn French's Girls Who Do: Comedy2006TV Series documentaryHerself
The Fight2004TV Mini-Series documentaryHerself - First Lady of the Philippines
Evolution of a Filipino Family2004Herself
Walang bakas2004TV Movie documentaryHerself (uncredited)
Biography2001TV Series documentaryHerself
Kings of the Ring: Four Legends of Heavyweight Boxing2000TV Movie documentaryHerself
Assassinations That Changed the World1996TV Mini-Series documentaryHerself
The Beatles Anthology1995TV Mini-Series documentaryHerself (uncredited)
China Rising: The Epic History of 20th Century China1992TV Mini-Series documentaryHerself (uncredited)
Benny's Video1992Herself (uncredited)
The Machine That Killed Bad People1990DocumentaryHerself
Signed: Lino Brocka1987DocumentaryHerself

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