Who is the richest Vietnamese?

March 13, 2006

Who is the richest Vietnamese?
17:31′ 27/02/2006 (GMT+7)

VietnamNet – After the story’ Who is the richest Vietnamese?’ received such interest, here is a follow up story on the current richest in Vietnam.

After the original story ran, Mr. Truong sent me a fax from New York, stating clearly that he had changed his mind regarding the sale of Carter Hotel, due to its status as a symbol of the success of overseas Vietnamese in the US.

“Our family has decided to retain the hotel as a valuable asset”, he confirmed in the fax. His oldest son, Mr. Tran Thanh Nam who flew back to Vietnam from the US, appreciated my story about his father, and informed me that someone later offered him US$1,000,500,000, which his father refused.

Thanks to the meeting with Mr. Truong’s son, I had a chance to learn of another successful young businessman, Mr. Le Thiet Thao, the owner of TIC group in Angola. Mr Thao contributed scholarships worth hundreds of millions of dong to poor pupils at Ky Anh School in north- central Ha Tinh province on the 40th anniversary of the school.

Following talks with Mr. Thao, I was reminded of readers’ comments expressing their hopes of having self-made businessmen praised for their achievements publicity, as a way of inspiring Vietnamese youth.

“I became aware of eminent local businessmen through the story, such as Tran Van Cuong, Pham Nhat Vuong, Vuu Khai Thanh, Vo Truong Thanh and Vu Van Tien”, one reader said, “but local singers and movie stars are publicized much more than these praiseworthy businesspeople who enrich the nation with their talent”.

This reminded me of the time I saw a man at Pleiku stadium during a super cup football match. Wearing jeans and a hat, he sat in a VIP seat beside other senior officials. Wondering who he was, Vietnam Football Federation’s Vice President told me it was Mr. Doan Nguyen Duc, president of Hoang Anh – Gia Lai football club and owner of a well known wood furniture manufacturer in Vietnam. What a shame I did not know him.

I would like to conclude with a story I read about Microsoft billionaire, Bill Gates, who while lunching with friends in Manhattan was approached by a stranger. Believing the stranger was after his autography, Gates quickly stood up, but it turned out that they had come to ask him to lower his voice, completely unaware of who he was.

Pham Duong (Tien Phong)

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