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Thi Phuong Thao Nguyen    

Co-Founder & Chairman at Sovico Holdings

Nguyễn Thị Phương Thảo is a Vietnamese businesswoman, and the President and CEO of VietJet Air. Phuong Thao 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. Since then she has developed a 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.

She holds two bachelor's degrees in financial credit management and labor 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.

She ranked 62nd in the list of Power Women 2016. She is listed in Asia's 50 Power Businesswomen 2016.

She is Vietnam's first self-made woman billionaire, after she took her budget airline, VietJet Air, public in February 2017.

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