Widow Elizabeth Yu Gokongwei dies a day after husband's burial
Elizabeth Yu Gokongwei passed away at the age of 85, the late matriarch’s family confirmed Nov. 16, 2019.
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Widow Elizabeth Yu Gokongwei dies a day after husband's burial
Ratziel San Juan (Philstar.com) - November 16, 2019 - 4:21pm

MANILA, Philippines (Update 2, 6:15 p.m.) — Elizabeth Yu Gokongwei, wife of the late business tycoon John Gokongwei Jr., passed away at the age of 85, the family confirmed Saturday.

Her death came a day after the burial of Gokongwei Jr., who died exactly a week ago. 

Elizabeth’s wake will reportedly be private.

John and Elizabeth had six children: Lance Gokongwei, Robina Gokongwei-Pe, Lisa Gokongwei-Cheng, Faith Gokongwei-Lim, Hope Gokongwei-Tang and Marcia Gokongwei-Sy.

Based on the book "The Dragon Network: Inside Stories of the Most Successful Chinese Family Businesses," the late matriarch "has passed humility and moral values to her children."

"Lance described his mother as a 'kind-hearted, warm, and very true person'," the book read.

She was also known as a leader who didn’t operate through fear but was followed regardless because people wanted “to make her happy and not disappoint her.”

Elizabeth hails from the Yutivo hardware clan of pre-war Manila.

The Gokongwei family owns JG Summit Holdings Incorporated, a leading conglomerate in the Philippines with stakes in different industries, including consumer foods, agro-industrial and commodity food products, telecommunications, petrochemical, air transportation, and financial services.

The conglomerate’s companies include Robinsons Land Corporation, which operates a chain of shopping malls and residential projects.

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