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13 Powerful People Born in the Year of the Rooster

No chickens here.
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Deep in the annals of social media, one wise fortune teller proclaimed that 2017 is a good year to give birth. The reasons escape us right now, but we're pretty sure it has something to do with the alignment of things. No one talks much about being the Year of the Rooster. Maybe because when one of the options is a fire-breathing mythical beast, no one wants to play the chicken.

There might be something to this Year of the Rooster business though. Roosters are said to be determined, hardworking, quick-witted, with a good sense of timekeeping. It must be true since so many powerful people belong in this category. Take it from them. 

Washington Sycip, 1921

Founder, Asian Institute of Management and SGV & Company


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Lucio Tan, 1933

Asia Brewery, Philippine Airlines, Eton Properties, MacroAsia Corp, PNB, et cetera


Jose Mari Chan, 1945

Chair and CEO, Binalbagan Isabela Sugar Company, Inc. and A. Chan Sugar Corporation; chair and president, Signature Music, Inc.; Christmas icon


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Francis Joseph "Chiz" Escudero, 1969

Philippine Senator


Jay Z, 1969, and Beyonce, 1981

Award-winning musicians, entrepreneurs


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Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh

Franklin Drilon, 1945

Philippine Senator


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Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos Jr., 1957

Philippine Senator


Joseph Victor "JV" Ejercito, 1969

Philippine Senator


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Peter Dinklage, 1969

Award-winning actor


Bienvenido Tantoco Sr., 1921

Co-founder, Rustan's


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Robin Padilla, 1969

Actor and cultural icon 

This article has been updated and corrected (Steve Jobs and Bill Gates, both of whom were born in 1955, were not born into the Year of the Rooster).

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Sasha Lim Uy
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