Two Vietnamese break into Forbes' 30 Under 30 Asia list

Vietnamese rapper Suboi and young businessman Nguyen Hoang Trung have made it onto this year's Forbes' 30 Under 30 Asia, an annual list issued to recognize the most influential people of the moment in Asia.

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Born Hang Lam Trang Anh, 27-year-old Suboi was listed in the Asia's 30 Under 30 in the Entertainment & Sports category.

Nguyen Hoang Trung, 24, secured a spot in Consumer Tech.

Suboi is considered the first female rapper in Vietnam and has been dubbed Vietnam’s “Queen of Hip Hop” by prestigious global news agencies such as The Wall Street JournalThe Guardian and CNN.

This rap queen from Ho Chi Minh City became the first Vietnamese artist ever to be invited to the world-famous SXSW Music Festival in the U.S., according to Forbes.

She also famously rapped for US President Barack Obama when he visited Vietnam in 2016.

“I was just talking about some people having a lot of money, having big houses, but actually are they really happy?” she said of her rap.

Nguyen Hoang Trung is the founder of Lozi, a Craigslist-like food finder app operating in Vietnam.

The startup has a network of more than 2,000 registered restaurants and almost three million users. Founded in 2012, it raised a seven-digit round of funding from Golden Gate Ventures and DesignOne Japan in 2015, said Forbes.

The other eight categories in Forbes’ 30 Under 30 Asia are Arts, Media, Market and Advertising, Retail and Ecommerce, Finance and Venture Capital, Enterprise Tech, Social Entrepreneurs, Manufacturing and Energy, and Healthcare and Science.

Forbes launched its 30 Under 30 Asia list last year, when seven Vietnamese were honored in four categories.


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