Billionaire Vuong moves up in Forbes ranking

Thursday, Oct 25, 2018 18:17

Billionaire Pham Nhat Vuong — Photo

Billionaire Pham Nhat Vuong has moved up in the Forbes rich list as of October 25, 2018.

According to Forbes’ website, Pham Nhat Vuong ranked 228th on the list of the world’s richest people, with a net worth of US$6.5 billion.

This is the highest place ever for Vuong, owner of real estate conglomerate Vingroup and Viet Nam’s first billionaire, reported the Lao Dong (Labour) newspaper.

The billionaire jumped up from 235th place two weeks ago.

However, in the trading session on October 25, domestic stock indexes fell sharply due to global volatility.

As a result, a series of strong stocks slumped, including VIC of Vingroup owned by Vuong.

This was the third consecutive session in which VIC has fallen. In the two previous sessions, the code decreased by VND100 to VND99,000 per share and VND200 to VND98,800 on October 23 and 24, respectively.

On Thursday, the price of VIC dropped by VND2,000 to VND96,800 per share.

After the reduction over several sessions, the total value of the billionaire’s assets dropped by $200 million.

Pham Nhat Vuong studied in Russia and started a popular instant noodle business in Ukraine in the 1990s before moving back to Viet Nam.

Vuong chairs Vingroup, one of Viet Nam’s largest conglomerates with interests in real estate, retail and healthcare among others.

He turned some investments into non-profit ventures, including some in healthcare, education and sports. He also built a centre of contemporary art. — VNS

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