About the Founders
Mr. Pham Nhat Vuong, Chairman of Vingroup, Founder and Chairperson of the VinFuture Prize Foundation
Mr. Pham Nhat Vuong (born 1968) is the current Chairperson of the Board of Vingroup.
In 1993, after graduating from university in Russia, Mr. Pham Nhat Vuong started his first business by opening a restaurant in Ukraine. Following this, he founded Technocom (the precursor to Vingroup), participating in the food and beverage industry with the famous brand of Mivina (Vietnamese noodles). During the 1990s, Technocom, under Mr. Pham Nhat Vuong’s leadership, established a strong foothold in Ukraine thanks to its significant contribution to the country’s budget and the provision of thousands of jobs for local residents.
In 2002, Mr. Pham Nhat Vuong began his investment in Vietnam with the aspiration to play a part in revitalizing his homeland and offering a better life for everyone. Since its first resort real estate project in Nha Trang, Vingroup, led by Mr. Pham Nhat Vuong as the Chairperson of the Board, has become the private enterprise with the largest market capitalization value in Vietnam’s stock market and is well on its way to becoming a global enterprise.
In 2013, Mr. Pham Nhat Vuong became the first Vietnamese to join the distinguished list of the world’s billionaires, ranked 286th in Forbes’ list of the richest people on the planet, with a net estimated worth of US$ 7 billion as of January 15th, 2020.
In 2017, Mr. Pham Nhat Vuong founded VinFast, the first “Made in Vietnam” automobile and electric scooter brand which has rapidly become one of the most popular vehicle brands in Vietnam. VinFast is planning to enter the US market in 2021 with its electric cars.
In 2020, Mr. Pham Nhat Vuong was honored as one of the 15 “Heroes of Philanthropy in the Asia-Pacific region” thanks to his sizable contributions to the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic in Vietnam and several other countries.
Madam Pham Thu Huong, Co-Founder of the VinFuture Prize Foundation
Madam Pham Thu Huong, the wife of Mr. Pham Nhat Vuong, is the Second Standing Vice Chairperson of Vingroup.
Madam Pham Thu Huong graduated from the National University of Kyiv (Ukraine) with a Master’s Degree in International Law. She has been alongside Mr. Pham Nhat Vuong’s since his early days of entrepreneurship in Ukraine and is one of the most influential leaders of Vingroup in the present day.
Madam Pham Thu Huong regularly appears on the list of the richest people in Vietnam’s stock market.