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Maria Ressa and Maria Grace Uy among Forbes' 50 over 50 Asia Edition list

By Camille Santiago Published Jan 12, 2022 2:06 pm

Two Pinays are included in the Forbes' 50 over 50 list of its 2022 Asia edition.

Maria Ressa, co-founder and CEO of Rappler and Maria Grace Uy, co-founder and president of Converge-ICT Solutions, have been named to this year's list.

The said Forbes list gives recognition to women over the age of 50 from the Asia-Pacific region who have achieved their greatest accomplishments while "shattering age and gender norms."

Ressa, who was recently awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for her work defending press freedom, was noted for her "sharp coverage" of President Rodrigo Duterte's drug war despite receiving death threats and 10 arrest warrants.

"She faces jail time of up to 100 years, but she is insistent in her urge that all journalists use truth to hold power accountable," wrote Forbes.

Uy, on the other hand, was acknowledged for putting up one of the largest fixed broadband companies in the Philippines. In 2019, she was able to negotiate for a $250 million investment for the company. And almost three years later, Converge's market cap is now P233 billion or $4.6 million.

She was also included in Forbes magazine's “Asia's Power Businesswomen” list last year.

Other women recognized include Japanese fashion designer and Comme des Garçons founder Rei Kawakubo; chef Supinya “Jay Fai” Junsuta of the famous Raan Jay Fai restaurant in Bangkok; Chinese fashion designer Guo Pei; Malaysian actress Michelle Yeoh from Crazy Rich Asians and Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings; and South Korean actress Youn Yuh-jung from Minari.