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Rappler is a relatively new online multimedia platform. It started in 2012.

Aside from publishing news and features, Rappler has an advocacy arm, MovePH, and an investigative section, Newsbreak. Its website also has a “mood meter,” which gauges the reaction of the readers. In 2014, Rappler set up a bureau in Jakarta, Indonesia.

According to analytics website, ranked as the 14th top site in the Philippines as of November 8. It is the fourth top media site, following, and

Rappler, Incorporated is owned by Rappler Holdings Corporation, whose biggest shareholders include media company Dolphin Fire Group with 31.21 percent shares, Rappler president Maria Ressa with 23.77 percent shares, digital company Hatchd Group and Benjamin So, with 17.86 shares each, according to the company’s 2015 General Information Sheet filed at the Securities and Exchange Commission.

Before founding Rappler, Maria Ressa was ABS-CBN’s News and Current Affairs head for six years. She also served as CNN International’s Jakarta bureau chief.

The Securities and Exchange Commission in a Jan. 11 2018 decision voided Rappler’s certificate of incorporation, saying the social media news network engaged in a “deceptive scheme” to skirt foreign equity restrictions in mass media.

Rappler called the decision “a blow to press freedom in the Philippines.”

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Media Companies / Groups

Rappler Holdings Corporation


Ownership Structure

Rappler, Incorporated is a subsidiary of Rappler Holdings, Corporation.

Group / Individual Owner

Rappler Holdings Corp.

Rappler Holdings is owned by media company Dophin Fire Group, Rappler president Maria Ressa, holding company Hatchd Group and a certain Benjamin So.

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General Information

Founding Year



Maria Ressa, Beth Frondoso, Glenda Gloria, Chay Hofileña, Gemma Mendoza, Marites Vitug, Cheche Lazaro, Manny Ayala and Raymund Miranda

Affiliated Interests Founder

Maria Ressa is a former CNN Correspondent and ABS-CBN News and Current Affairs Head. Beth Frondoso, Glenda Gloria and Gemma Mendoza are former producer, managing editor and editor in chief of ABS-CBN, respectively. Meanwhile, Chay Hofilena is a faculty member at the Ateneo de Manila University. Marites Vitug is a board member of the Philippine Center for Investigative Journalism and Cheche Lazaro is the founding president of Probe Productions. Manny Ayala chairman of holding company Hatchd Group, one of Rappler's shareholders, while Raymund Miranda is now the Chief Strategy Officer and Chief Risk Management Officer of ABS-CBN.


Maria Ressa

Affiliated Interests Ceo

Maria Ressa is CNN's former bureau chief and ABS-CBN News and Current Affairs Head.


Maria Ressa

Affiliated Interests Editor-In-Chief

Maria Ressa is CNN's former bureau chief and ABS-CBN News and Current Affairs Head.


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Financial Information

Revenue (in Mill. $)

2.98 Mil $ / 139.47 Mil P

Operating Profit (in Mill. $)

-0.82 Mil $ / -38.35 Mil P

Advertising (in % of total funding)

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Conversion rate on Dec. 31, 2015: P 46.85.
Data based on Audience share from Effective Measurement (2016).


2015. Securities and Exchange Commission. General Information Sheet of Rappler, Inc. (available upon request at SEC).

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