Phạm Nhật Vượng
Phạm Nhật Vượng
|Alma mater||Hanoi University of Mining and Geology|
Moscow Geological Prospecting Institute
|Known for||The first Vietnamese billionaire, richest Vietnamese, founder and chairman of Vingroup|
|Net worth||US$10 billion|
|Spouse(s)||Phạm Thu Hương|
Vượng was born on August 5, 1968 in Haiphong; his paternal family has origins in Haiphong in northern Vietnam. His father served in the Vietnamese Army's air defence division, and his mother had a tea shop, which left the family with a very meager income. He grew up in Hanoi and graduated from Kim Lien High School in 1985. In 1987, he entered Hanoi University of Mining and Geology and was sent to Russia to study in the Moscow Geological Prospecting Institute, for which he was able to obtain a scholarship because of his strong maths abilities. He graduated from this university in 1992. After graduating, he married Phạm Thu Hương, whom he had known since high school, and moved to Kharkiv, Ukraine.
Career as an entrepreneur
Using money borrowed from friends and family, he opened a Vietnamese restaurant in Ukraine, but soon he also started producing and selling instant noodles. In 1993, he founded Technocom, which would become a market leader in dehydrated culinary products in Ukraine, which he sold to Nestlé for $150 million in 2009, before returning to Vietnam. Vượng's first projects in Vietnam were Vinpearl Resort Nha Trang (opened in 2003) and Vincom City Towers (later renamed Vincom Ba Trieu) in central Hanoi (opened in 2004). Vincom went public in 2007. It merged with Vinpearl, Vượng's luxury resort business, to form VinGroup in 2007. VinGroup is headquartered in its Riverside township in Long Biên District in Eastern Hanoi.
In 2015, Vượng was listed as the richest person in the Vietnam with assets totalling VNĐ24.3 trillion (approximately US$1.1 billion), which more than quadrupled those of the second richest person, Trần Đình Long of Hanoi Hoa Phat Corporation. His wife, Phạm Thu Hương and sister-in-law Phạm Thúy Hằng ranked third and fifth respectively. As of 30 October 2019, Forbes estimated his net worth to be US$7.8 billion.
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