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How to Tell the Zobel de Ayala Brothers Apart

Here's what you need to know-what they have in common and what sets them apart-about the Zobel de Ayala brothers.
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In the world of business, brothers Jaime Augusto Zobel de Ayala and Fernando Zobel de Ayala are well-known for being forces to be reckoned with. The two have followed their father Jaime Zobel de Ayala's foosteps by taking over Ayala Corporation and bringing the 187-year-old company to where it is today. 

It's a very different story for those outside the industry, however. In case you're one of those that needs an introduction, we've put together a number of facts about Jaime Augusto Zobel de Ayala and Fernando Zobel de Ayala.

Here's everything you need to know—what they have in common and what sets them apart—about the Zobel de Ayala brothers.

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Jaime Augusto, also referred to as JAZA, is the older one.

Photo by COURTESY OF THE ZOBEL DE AYALA FAMILY.

Born one year apart to Jaime and Bea Zobel de Ayala, the brothers are Catholic twins with 62-year-old Jaime Augusto being the older one. While 61-year-old Fernando was born one year and eight days later on March 14, 1960.

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Jaime Augusto was educated at Ateneo de Manila University, Ladycross School, and Worth School. While Fernando went to Ladycross School for his preparatory studies.

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Located in West Sussex, Worth School is one of the most prominent Benedictine independent boarding school in the U.K. Past students from the school have gone on to make names for themselves in art, business, entertainment, and sports, to name a few.

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Both Jaime Augusto and Fernando are Harvard College graduates.

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Jaime Augusto earned his bachelor of arts degree in economics from Harvard College in 1981. Fernando, similarly, graduated with a bachelor of arts degree in 1982. After completing their degrees, the Zobel de Ayala brothers furthered their studies: Jaime Augusto at Harvard Business School and Fernando at INSEAD.

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The brothers stepped into the family business in the '90s.

Jaime Zobel de Ayala with sons Jaime Augusto and Fernando

Ayala Corporation, formerly Ayala y Compañía, was founded by Domingo Róxas and Antonio de Ayala in 1834. The 187-year-old company is the country's oldest and largest conglomerate. The group has interests in real estate, finance, telecommunications, utilities, automotive, healthcare, and more.

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Jaime Augusto became Ayala Corporation's president and CEO in 1994.

Jaime Augusto Zobel de Ayala II - World Economic Forum on East Asia 2014

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He succeeded his father Jaime Zobel de Ayala's 10-year stint as president of the company. Over 10 years after, Jaime Augusto added chairman to the ist of titles after his father's retirement in 2006.

Fernando became the vice chairman, president, and chief operating officer of Ayala Corporation in 2006.

Lito Camacho, Fernando Zobel de Ayala, Gerald Mackenzie

Prior to that, Frnando was already on the board of several Ayala Group companies such as Globe Telecom, Bank of the Philippines Island, and more.

Fernando was recently appointed the CEO of Ayala Corporation.

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In December 2020, Ayala Corporation announced that Fernando Zobel de Ayala would become the president and chief operating office of Ayala Corporation, succeeding the role formerly held by his elder brother. Jaime Augusto, on the other hand, will still retain the role of chairman of the board.

"At Ayala, it is our leaders; responsibility to nurture talent and plan paths of succession. In this regard, I see myself as no different from our leaders past and present," said Jaime Augusto Zobel de Ayala in a statement. "Both Fernando and I have worked as a leadership team for many years now, and we intend to continue charting Ayala's path forward in tandem."

Jaime Augusto is married to Elizabeth Eder with whom he has four children.

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The couple met while studying at Harvard College. Elizabeth "Lizzie" Eder is a descendant of Santiago Eder, a pioneer of the sugar industry in Colombia. Together they have four children: Mariana, Jaime Alfonso, Eugenia, and Mercedes.

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Fernando is married to Catherine Silverio with whom he has four children.

Photo by AYALA MALLS.

In 1994, Fernando Zobel married Catherine "Kit" Silverio, daughter of Philippines Basketball Association coach Dante Silverio. Together they have four children: Natasha Consuelo, Sylvia, Katya, and Fernando Alvaro.

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Jaime Augusto and Fernando are known trail bikers.

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In their spare time, Top Gear Philippines reports that the brothers like to go on "cross-country road trips on their two-wheel steeds." In 2015, they even combined their love of biking and business by partnering with Europe's largest motorcycle manufacturer KTM by entering the motorcycle manufacturing business.

Fernando likes to participate in various triathlons in and out of the country.

Fernando Zobel de Ayala

Outside of business, Fernando is an avid triathlete. In 2012, he suffered an injury during the biking portion of the Pico de Loro Triathlon. However, his injury has not stopped him, as he is a consistent participant of the annual Ironman 70.3 Philippines.

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