Update: 16:49 | 06/12/2018
Nguyen Thi Phuong Thao has been named the 44th most powerful woman in the world by Forbes, up 11 places from last year.
Vietjet Air CEO Nguyen Thi Phuong Thao talks on a phone after an interview in her office in 2017.
Forbes compiles the list based on assets, impact, spheres of influence, media presence, and social media power.
Thao has extensive experience in doing business in Vietnam and abroad in multiple fields such as finance, banking, aviation, real estate, and retail.
She launched Vietjet in 2011. The airline leads the domestic market with a 45 percent share. It operates 385 flights daily within Vietnam and to Japan, Hong Kong, South Korea, Taiwan, Singapore, mainland China, Thailand, Myanmar, and Malaysia.
She was followed by British Prime Minister Theresa May, former U.S. Federal Reserve Chairwoman Janet Yellen and General Motors CEO Mary Barra.
The list comprises business leaders, politicians, investors, scientists, philanthropists, and people who are finding solutions to the world's most difficult problems or have the most global impact.