Forbes has just announces the World’s 100 most powerful women list and Nguyen Thi Phuong Thao, president and chief executive of Vietjet airline is the only one representing Vietnam and is listed the 44th, up 11 spots compared to last year’s.
According to Forbes, the estimated assets of the self-made billionaire are some US$2.6 billion (Bt85.3 billion), an increase over last year’s figures of $1.98 billion.
In addition to her post at Vietjet, Thao is the chairperson of Sovico Holdings and standing vice chairperson of HDBank. She holds a doctorate degree philosophy in Economic Cybernetics and a bachelor’s degree in Credit Finance.
In 2017 and 2018, she successfully listed Vietjet and HDBank on Ho Chi Minh City Stock Exchange (HOSE). The market capitalisations of both companies accounted for billions of dollars. She is now the second richest person in the stock market of Vietnam.
The No 1 on Forbes’s list is German Chancellor Angela Merkel, followed by UK Prime Minister Theresa May, managing director of the International Monetary Fund Christine Lagarde and the chief executive of General Motors, Mary Barra. The first female president in 226 years of operation of New York Stock Exchange since establishment in 1792 – Stacey Cunningham – is also in the list at 27th.
This is the 15th annual list of Top 100 most powerful women in the world announced by Forbes, including women in business, finance, media, politics, the social/philanthropic/NGO sector and technology.
The annual ranking is based on multiple categories such as asset quality, media exposure, segment and international influence. According to executive vice president Moira Forbes, the women on the list have wide and direct influence on more than three billion people worldwide with activities in various fields.
No woman from Thailand is included in the list. See the full list at www.Forbes.com/power-women/list/