The Araneta Wealth

Stella Marquez Araneta is currently making headlines in the Philippines and not in a good way. See related post here.

From Filipino designers to Twitter users, it seems that many are expressing their disappointment – ok anger – with her. Will the angry netizens speak with their wallets though? Stella had married into one of the Philippines’ wealthiest families. The Aranetas are involved in many businesses in the country.

She didn’t end up as a trophy wife. She is actually now the second most famous Araneta. The most famous being the inanimate Araneta Coliseum. Stella during her wedding to Jorge Araneta. Image from Alo Magazine


A view of the Araneta Center’s most famous landmark, the Araneta Coliseum. The coliseum hosted the Thrilla in Manila, the 1975 boxing match between Muhammad Ali and Joe Frazier. Image from Ramon FVelasquez


Aside from the Araneta Coliseum, which is part of the 35 hectare Araneta Center complex, what are the other business holdings of the Aranetas?

The Araneta Center is the location of three malls, from upmarket to downmarket –  Gateway Mall, Ali Mall and Farmer’s Plaza. Trivia: Ali Mall is named after Muhammad Ali. Another Trivia: If you’re visiting the Philippines, there are much better malls than Ali Mall.

The Araneta Group consists of many companies.

This picture makes me crave for pizza. The Araneta group of companies. Image from


You can read more about their holdings in detail here.

Many people are probably aware of what the Aranetas own (Clue: If it has the name Araneta attached to it). However, many people may not know that they operate and own the franchise of notable fastfood brands; Pizza Hut, Taco Bell and Dairy Queen; in the Philippines.


Beauty Queens as endorsers of Dairy Queen – because they have the word ‘queen’ in common. Image from Dairy Queen Philippines


Will this inspire a new Dairy Queen flavor?  I’ll sure buy that. Image from Jory Rivera/OPMB


Stella helms the Binibinang Pilipinas Charities Incorporated (BPCI), a non-profit organization, the franchise holders of many international beauty pageants, including Miss Universe. The angry netizens obviously know that already.

Pageant approved evening gowns available here. Stella Araneta’s Cumbia Boutique at Gateway Mall. Image from


She also owns Cumbia, formerly known as Binibining Pilipinas (Miss Philippines) Boutique. If you drop by the store, you’ll probably be lucky enough to score an Alfredo Barraza original… and be the talk of the town, but probably not in a good way.


– Finance MD


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Finance, M.D.

Finance, M.D. is a practicing physician who dabbles in finance and investment. He has passed all three levels of the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) exams, all in his first attempts.

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