Pham Nhat Vuong

Founder & chairman

Vuong, 46, was a math prodigy who won a scholarship to Moscow. He opened a Vietnamese restaurant in Ukraine where he also introduced instant noodles to great success. He became a billionaire when he sold his noodle company, Technocom, to Nestle in 2010. He had concurrently become one of Vietnam’s biggest property developers via his Vingroup conglomerate, which now spans industries from healthcare to retail. He is now set on technology, building Vietnam’s largest e-commerce site, VinEcom.

Company:

Vingroup

Net worth:

US$1.8 billion