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The Rufino-Prieto Family

The Rufino-Prieto Family

The Inquirer Group of Companies belongs to the Rufino-Prieto family, who owns the Philippine Daily Inquirer,, DZIQ 990 Inquirer Radio, Inquirer Bandera, and Inquirer Libre.

The family is also into printing, content production, real estate, and logistics. The Prieto family, headed by Marixi, owned Bataan Pulp and Paper Mills Inc. and used to supply paper for the Philippine Daily Inquirer, until the family bought ownership of the newspaper in the 1990s.

The matriarch, Marixi Rufino-Prieto, is the chair of Inquirer Holdings, Inc. the umbrella company of Inquirer’s media and other businesses. Her daughter, Ma. Alexandra "Sandy" Prieto- Romualdez is the CEO.

Sandy is married to mining executive Benjamin Philip G. Romualdez, brother of House Speaker Ferdinand Martin Romualdez. The Romualdezes are also media owners. Philip chairs the newspaper, Manila Standard. Martin, meanwhile, has his own media empires, the Philippine Media Collective Corporation (PCMC), operating radio stations in Tacloban, and Prime Media Holdings, Inc., which entered into a joint venture with ABS-CBN Corporation to operate and manage DWPM Radyo 630. However, there is no documentary proof of his ownership of Prime Media.

Marixi and her family were included in the 2007 and 2008 Forbes’ list of richest Filipinos, ranking 39th and 40th, respectively. But the family’s wealth did not only come from their media empire, as they are also involved in other businesses, particularly with the following real estate companies: Marilex Realty Development Corporation, Corinthian Commercial Corporation, Lexmedia Realty Corporation and Sunvar Realty Development Corporation.

Marilex has projects in elite subdivisions such as Forbes Park, San Lorenzo Village and The Fort Global City. Corinthian, meanwhile, caters to middle-income families with affordable residential houses such as Corinthian Homes in Sta. Rosa, Laguna. One of the projects of Lexmedia is Casa Bougainvillea-- a condominium in Makati to cater to employees of Philippine Daily Inquirer. Lastly, Sunvar developed 82-hectare elite subdivision Corinthian Gardens along EDSA.

Mercedes “Peachy” Prieto, Marixi’s sister-in-law, is among the top three shareholders of Inquirer Holdings. Aside from this she also runs restaurant and cafe Casa Roces in Malacanang.

Inquirer Holdings is owned by Pinnacle Printers Corporation, an investment and holding company owned by the Rufino-Prieto family.

Media Companies / Groups
Media Outlets


Holding company

Linq Information Entertainment Quadrant


Print Town, Inc.

Freight forwarding

DAG Express Courier, Inc.

Real estate

Corinthian Commercial Corporation

Real Estate

Lexmedia Realty


Mediacom Equities


Delivery Access Group Xpress Courier


Inquirer Academy

Family & Friends

Affiliated Interests Family Members Friends

Philip Romualdez

is the husband of Ma. Alexandra “Sandy” Romualdez. He is a mining executive and chair of the Manila Standard Today. House Speaker Ferdinand Martin Romualdez is his brother, and President Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos, Jr. is their cousin.

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