Imelda Marcos Net Worth

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  • Full Name: Imelda Marcos
  • Net Worth: $5 Billion
  • Date Of Birth: July 2, 1929
  • Place Of Birth: Manila, Philippines
  • Profession: Ferdinand Marcos’ wife, Model
  • Education: Divine Word University of Tacloban, University of Santo Tomas
  • Nationality: Philippine
  • Spouse: Ferdinand Marcos
  • Children: Bongbong Marcos, Imee Marcos, Aimee Marcos, Irene Marcos
  • Parents: Vicente Orestes Romualdez, Remedios T. Romualdez
  • Siblings: Benjamin Romualdez, Concepcion Trinidad Romualdez, Alita Trinidad Romualdez, Alfredo Trinidad Romualdez, Armando Trinidad Romualdez
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  • Awards: Philippine Legion of Honor


  • The problem of the world today is the people talk on and on about democracy, freedom, justice. But I don’t give a damn about democracy if I am worried about survival.
  • They’ve listed my name in the dictionary – ‘Imeldific’ is used to mean ostentatious extravagance… But the truth will prevail.
  • The only rich person is a person who is rich in spirit. I have no money deposit. I have only beauty deposit.
  • Continuous persecution of widows and orphans is a crime. Even the Bible says there is a specific place in hell for those who oppress widows.
  • I will come up with a project that will wipe out poverty in the Philippines in two years. I want to remove the people from economic crisis by using the Marcos wealth. Long after I’m gone, people will remember me for building them homes and roads and hospitals and giving them food.
  • The Marcos era was the golden time for the Philippines. We had the lowest crime rate in the world in Manila and real development then. At last, people are starting to understand this.
  • When they see me holding fish, they can see that I am comfortable with kings as well as with paupers.
  • I beg Osama to stop warring. He is a Muslim, and Islam means peace. Nobody wins in a war… I wish I were tapped in the problem about Iraq. I knew Saddam enough that I could have talked him into surrendering. But it’s too late.
  • The Reagans were dear friends for many years, even when he was governor of California. Nancy appreciated a lot of Philippine-made things.
  • My dreams have become puny with the reality my life has become.
  • It’s the rich you can terrorize. The poor have nothing to lose.
  • My husband does not like me to give interviews because I say too much. No talk, no trouble.
  • I am First Lady by accident. I was not elected by the people but here I am.
  • My dreams were always small and puny. All I ever needed was a little house with a little picket fence by the sea. Little did I know that I would live in Malacanang Palace for 20 years and visit all the major palaces of mankind. And then also meet ordinary citizens and the leaders of superpowers.
  • The problems with First Ladies is that you have to set the standard. My role is to be both star and slave.
  • I was no Marie Antoinette. I was not born to nobility, but I had a human right to nobility.
  • They call me corrupt, frivolous. I am not at all privileged. Maybe the only privileged thing is my face. And corrupt? God! I would not look like this if I am corrupt. Some ugliness would settle down on my system.
  • You know, not even your British Queen is called just Elizabeth – she’s Elizabeth the Second. There’s only one Imelda.
  • I get so tired listening to one million dollars here, one million dollars there, it’s so petty.
  • I have a different way of thinking. I think synergistically. I’m not linear in thinking, I’m not very logical.
  • The Philippines is a terrible name, coming from Spain. Phillip II was the father of the inquisition, who I believe died of syphilis. It is my great regret that we didn’t change the name of our country.
  • If you know how much you’ve got, you probably haven’t got much.
  • I hate ugliness. You know I’m allergic to ugliness.
  • We practically own everything in the Philippines.
  • Filipinos want beauty. I have to look beautiful so that the poor Filipinos will have a star to look at from their slums.
  • I love everybody. One of the great things about me is that I have a very positive attitude.
  • Filipinos don’t wallow in what is miserable and ugly. They recycle the bad into things of beauty.
  • Doesn’t the fight for survival also justify swindle and theft? In self defence, anything goes.
  • It is shallow people who think beauty is frivolous or excessive. If you are bringing beauty and god, you are enriching the country. Rice feeds the body, books feed the mind, beauty feeds the soul. It is one thing I can really be proud of and stand tall in the world.
  • Ferdinand was a gold trader. He was a lawyer for mining companies. When he entered politics in 1949, he had tons and tons of gold. When Bill Gates was a college dropout, Ferdinand already possessed billions of dollars and tons of gold. It wasn’t stolen.
  • God is love. I have loved. Therefore, I will go to heaven.
  • If you know how rich you are, you are not rich. But me, I am not aware of the extent of my wealth. That’s how rich we are.
  • Never dress down for the poor. They won’t respect you for it. They want their First Lady to look like a million dollars.
  • I really had no great love for shoes. I was a working First Lady; I was always in canvas shoes. I did nurture the shoes industry of the Philippines, and so every time there was a shoe fair, I would receive a pair of shoes as a token of gratitude.
  • I always say you can never be extravagant with beauty. Beauty is God made real. Beauty is life.
  • Win or lose, we go shopping after the election.
  • I hardly can sleep. I feel that my target now is really to save Mother Earth for humanity. And it’s doable.
  • I have never been a material girl. My father always told me never to love anything that cannot love you back.
  • Life is not a matter of place, things or comfort; rather, it concerns the basic human rights of family, country, justice and human dignity.
  • People say I’m extravagant because I want to be surrounded by beauty. But tell me, who wants to be surrounded by garbage?
  • I did not have three thousand pairs of shoes, I had one thousand and sixty.
  • When I left the Phillipines, people looked in my closets hoping to find skeletons, but all they founds were shoes.


  • Born and grew up in Manila near MalacaƱang Palace, but family moved back to Leyte, her maternal ancestor’s place, when her mother died and their Manila home was foreclosed. She later moved to Manila where she later became a resident of Malacanan, the official residence of the President of the Philippines.
  • Earned a bachelor’s degree in education at St Paul’s College in Leyte.
  • Daughter of Vicente Orestes Romualdez and Dona Remedios Trinidad. Her ancestors founded the town of Tolosa, Leyte. Father was a scholarly man interested in music and culture while her mother was a dressmaker who grew up in an orphanage.
  • Owns fashion line “Imelda Collection” with her eldest daughter, Maria Imelda (Imee) as designer. Products include jewelry, clothing and shoes.
  • Grandson Martin “Borgy” Manotoc (Imee’s son) is one of the most in-demand models in the Philippines.
  • Fled with her husband Ferdinand Marcos, children, and closest associates for Hawaii in 1986 when a bloodless, military-backed popular revolt ended his 20-year rule in the Philippines. The Marcos heirs returned to the Philippines after the former president died in exile in Hawaii in 1989, despite a clutch of graft cases filed against them and civil suits against the Marcos estate, variously estimated to be worth about $10 billion.
  • Her extensive shoe collection is world-renowned. When her family fled the Philippines in 1986 during a popular revolt, she left a treasure trove containing jewelry, some 1,500 pairs of shoes, dresses, and paintings by the masters.
  • She also became a beauty queen. At the age of 18, she was crowned the “Rose of Tacloban,” became “Miss Leyte”, went to Manila in 1953, and was named the “Muse of Manila” by then Manila Mayor, Arsenio Lacson, after she protested her loss in the Miss Manila pageant.
  • Husband Ferdinand Marcos became the 10th President of the Philippines in 1965. Together with Imelda, he would rule the Philippines for more than 20 years.
  • She met then-Congressman (and future husband) Ferdinand Marcos in 1954. After a whirlwind courtship in Baguio City, Philippines during Holy Week, they were married in May of that year at the Manila Cathedral Church with President Ramon Magsaysay as principal sponsor.
  • When her husband declared martial law in 1972, she assumed a public role in the government. She was appointed to various positions in the government, to name a few: Governor of Metropolitan Manila (now Metro Manila); Minister of Human Settlement; and Ambassador Plenipotentiary and Extraordinary.
  • On December 7, 1972, an assailant tried to stab her to death with a knife during an awards ceremony broadcast live on television. The assailant was shot to death by security police; the wounds on her hands and arms required 75 stitches.
  • Was elected as member of the 165-member Interim Batasang Pambansa (National Assembly) representing the National Capital Region in 1978.
  • As a Special Envoy of the Philippines, she was instrumental in the opening of Philippine diplomatic relations with China, the Soviet Union, and the Soviet satellite states in Eastern Europe (Romania, Hungary, Czechoslovakia, East Germany, etc.), Middle East, Libya, and Cuba, in the securing of a cheap supply of oil from China and Libya; and in the signing of the Tripoli Agreement.
  • In the “Madam & Eve” cartoon where South African President Thabo Mbeki is shopping for a second-hand executive jet, the salesman introduces an aircraft owned a by “a little old lady” — Imelda Marcos. The plane has 1000 pairs of shoes on board.
  • To this day, in popular media whenever the wife of a dictator is being depicted for the purposes of satire (be it in cartoons, sitcoms, etc.) a large collection of shoes appears to be a functional characteristic, in reference to Imelda.
  • In July 1966, her husband was infamously snubbed by The Beatles, who were in the country on tour, when they did not accept an invitation to join the First Lady for breakfast. The famous no-show was televised nationally and public backlash towards The Beatles forced them to leave the Philippines immediately.
  • While serving as the First Lady of the Philippines, she was instrumental in the establishment of the Cultural Center of the Philippines; Philippine Heart Center; Lung Center of the Philippines; Kidney Institute of the Philippines, Nayong Pilipino; Philippine International Convention Center; Folk Arts Theater; and the infamous Manila Film Center.
  • Subject of the song “2000 Shoes” by the British band ‘Big Audio Dynamite’. The song is included in the 1988 album, “Tighten Up, Vol. 88”. Also mentioned in that song are Muammar Gadaffi, George Hamilton and Zedong Mao.
  • When the Philippines hosted the 1974 Miss Universe Pageant, she had the cities of Manila and Baguio City painted to welcome the visitors and candidates.
  • Passed a screen test with Fred Montilla conducted by director Olive La Torre. However, her parents refused their permission for her to enter become an actress, dashing her hopes of movie stardom.
  • Mother of three: Ferdinand Marcos Jr. (aka “Bong Bong”), born September 13, 1957; Imee, born November 12, 1955; and Irene, September 16, 1960. Also has an adopted daughter, Aimee.


Title Year Status Character
Imelda 2003 Documentary performer: “Heaven Watch the Phillipines”
Title Year Status Character
Mariquina 2014 Herself
The Search for Weng Weng 2013 Documentary Herself
RSVP with Dr. Tess 2012 TV Series Herself
EDSA 25: Sulyap ng kasaysayan 2011 TV Movie documentary Herself – Former First Lady
Thrilla in Manila 2008 TV Movie documentary Herself
Independent Lens 2005 TV Series documentary Herself
Imelda 2003 Documentary Herself
Ruby Wax Meets… 1996 TV Series documentary Herself
Saturday Night Clive 1991 TV Series Herself
The Howard Stern Show 1991 TV Series Herself
HBO Boxing 1975 TV Series documentary Herself
Archive Footage
Title Year Status Character
History 2013 TV Series documentary Herself
Frost on Interviews 2012 TV Movie documentary Herself (uncredited)
I-Witness 2011 TV Series documentary Herself
Machete Maidens Unleashed! 2010 Documentary Herself
The Autobiography of Nicolae Ceausescu 2010 Documentary Herself
Maalaala mo kaya 2010 TV Series Herself
Dawn French’s Girls Who Do: Comedy 2006 TV Series documentary Herself
The Fight 2004 TV Mini-Series documentary Herself – First Lady of the Philippines
Evolution of a Filipino Family 2004 Herself
Walang bakas 2004 TV Movie documentary Herself (uncredited)
Biography 2001 TV Series documentary Herself
Kings of the Ring: Four Legends of Heavyweight Boxing 2000 TV Movie documentary Herself
Assassinations That Changed the World 1996 TV Mini-Series documentary Herself
The Beatles Anthology 1995 TV Mini-Series documentary Herself (uncredited)
China Rising: The Epic History of 20th Century China 1992 TV Mini-Series documentary Herself (uncredited)
Benny’s Video 1992 Herself (uncredited)
The Machine That Killed Bad People 1990 Documentary Herself
Signed: Lino Brocka 1987 Documentary Herself