By Martin Gøttske
Vietnam’s discount airline, VietJet, and its founder and CEO, 46-year-old Nguyen Thi Phuong Thao, looks set to be thrust even further into the spotlight, as it is reportedly ready to become the first Vietnamese company to list its shares on an overseas stock exchange.
Thao – the only female billionaire in Southeast Asia, studied economics and finance in Soviet Russia and returned to Vietnam a decade ago where she invested in banks and real estate projects. VietJet took flight in 2011. The carrier is now seeking more funds after planning for billions of dollars in aircraft purchases.
A foreign listing would reflect Thao’s goal to morph VietJet into “an international airline, not just a local one.”