(Yahoo News): In the latest annual list for Bloomberg 50 (B50) to honour noteworthy global leaders, President and CEO of Vietjet, Nguyen Thi Phuong Thao was among the leaders named. She is the first ever Vietnamese representative to be mention in the B50 list by Bloomberg Businessweek, one of the world’s leading business and financial publication.
Additionally, she is also ranked 44th place in Forbes’ 100 most powerful women this year. Forbes estimated the self-made billionaire’s assets at around US$2.6 billion, higher than last year’s US$1.98 billion.
Nguyen Thi Phuong Thao is the Southeast Asia’s ONLY billionaire. She is clearly quite an overachiever for someone is is just 48 and from a developing country.
Who is Nguyen Thi Phuong Thao?
Nguyen Thi Phuong Thao is Chairperson of Sovico Holdings, President and CEO of Vietjet, as well as Standing Vice Chairperson of HDBank. She holds two bachelor’s degrees in financial credit management and labour economics at the Plekhanov Russian University of Economics and a doctoral degree in economic management at the D. Mendeleev University of Chemical Technology of Russia.
Via Wikipedia, she is said to have met with early success while studying finance and economics in Moscow, where she began distributing goods from Japan, Hong Kong and South Korea in the then Soviet Union. From there, she then developed her portfolio of business interests, including VietJet and Sovico Holdings, that itself holds a 90 per cent stake in Ho Chi Minh City’s Dragon City development.