Fish sauce magnate becomes Vietnam’s third billionaire

It’s well known that Vietnamese people cannot live without fish sauce or instant noodles, and this insatiable appetite has helped create the country’s third dollar billionaire. Nguyen Dang Quang, chairman and founder of Masan Group, now has total assets of $1.2 billion, according to the Bloomberg Billionaires Index. “Masan serves consumers with ‘must-have’ ones like fish sauce, instant noodles, to ‘nice-to-have’ items like chili sauce, rice soup or sausage,” David Anjoubault, general manager at Kantar Worldpanel Vietnam, was quoted as saying in a Friday report by Bloomberg. Quang, 64, enters the elite group thanks to shares in Masan Group more than doubling to VND92,000 ($4) in the past six months. Quang personally only holds 10 shares in the group but is considered the owner given his role as chairman of Masan Corp, the biggest shareholder with a 32.28 percent stake. According to Kantar, a global expert in shoppers’ behavior, an estimated 95 percent of households in the country use at least one Masan consumer product. Aside from fish sauce and packaged food, Masan Group also owns more than a third of the Vietnam Technological & Commercial Joint-Stock Bank, or Techcombank. The first two people in Vietnam to become dollar billionaires were Pham Nhat Vuong, owner of giant conglomerate Vingroup, and Nguyen Thi Phuong Thao, founder and CEO of the founder of Vietnam’s rising budget carrier VietJet, as calculated by Forbes. According to the magazine, Vuong is worth up to $4 billion, making him the 543rd richest person in the world,… [Read full story]


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