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Vingroup is Vietnam’s largest real estate company and deals in a wide range of properties, including houses, shopping malls, hotels, golf courses and hospitals. The company has enhanced its brand cachet by targeting its Vincom shopping malls and Vincom Village residential areas at affluent customers.
One of the few entirely non-state concerns in Vietnam, Vingroup is about 30% owned by its largest shareholder and founder Pham Nhat Vuong. Foreign investors have a combined interest of about 15%. Market capitalization, at approximately $3 billion, is the largest among non-state-run companies and ranks among Vietnam’s top five concerns when including state-owned entities.
Vingroup started out as a food-processing company founded by Vuong in Ukraine in 1993. The company was moved to Vietnam in 2000 as Vuong wished to contribute to the development of his home country. In 2013, he became the first Vietnamese to make it into the Forbes rankings of the world’s wealthiest people.