Rick Santos is the Chairman, CEO, and Founder of Santos Knight Frank – the Philippines’ first fully integrated real estate services company. Santos Knight Frank is an affiliate of Knight Frank, the largest privately owned global real estate consultancy, with more than 380 offices in 51 countries across the globe including a strategically important partnership with Cresa in North America, the world’s largest occupier-centric commercial real estate company.
Rick was born in the Philippines (his father is from Zamboanga in Mindanao) and raised in San Marino, California, USA. His education covered UC Berkeley, the London School of Economics, and Oxford University. A post graduate thesis on the “Spatial Implications of Information Technology on Office Location Theory” gave him his passion for the real estate sector and, in particular, the global impact of the outsourcing revolution.
Rick established the Philippine business in Manila in 1994 and has grown it to its current size operating across the archipelago. The business today consists of 11 specialist teams focused on commercial & residential real estate services, including brokerage, capital markets, advisory, valuations, property & facilities management, and engineering solutions, among others. In 2017, he established a long-term partnership with Knight Frank and rebranded his organization as “Santos Knight Frank”.
Rick and his team were instrumental in the growth of the business processing outsourcing sector and were pioneers in bringing many of the multinational BPO and offshoring companies to the country.
He serves and has held roles on numerous corporate and non-profit boards including YPO Philippines, Philippine Rugby Football Union, the American Chamber of Commerce in the Philippines, International School Manila, Corenet Philippines, and the Asia Pacific Real Estate Association, among others.