David M. Consunji is the chairman of publicly listed holding firm, DMCI Holdings, Incorporated (PSE: DMC). He was a former secretary of the Department of Public Works, Transportation and Communications from 1970 to 1975, during the Marcos administration. In 2014, Forbes listed him as the 6th richest Filipino, with a net worth of US$3.9 billion.
Early life and career
David enrolled at University of the Philippines in 1939 and took up civil engineering and graduated in 1946 and passed the board during the same year.
After graduating he worked as teacher in Bataan and later a concrete inspector for Kuenzle and Streiff. David Consunji founded D.M. Consunji, Incorporated in 1954 and has become its Chairman since. In 1995, he established the DMCI Holdings, Incorporated to consolidate the businesses.
He also served as the president of the Philippine Contractors Association, International Federation of Asian & Western Pacific Contractors’ Association, Philippine Institute of Civil Engineers and Vice-President of the Confederation of International Contractors’ Association. Aside from these organizations, he was also the chairman of the Contractors Association, the Philippine Domestic Construction Board and the U.P Engineering Research and Development Foundation.
Consunji wrote his autobiography, A Passion to Build: A Memoir of David M. Consunji. His son, Isidro Consunji is currently the president of the DMCI Holdings, Incorporated. His grandson, Victor Consunji is married to Bb. Pilipinas World Maggie Wilson on December 2010.