A Vietnamese woman, Thi Phuong Thao, founder of Vietjet Airline, has joined the list of the most powerful women on the planet on the 2017 list compiled by Forbes Magazine. Thi Phuong Thao is the only Vietnamese woman on the list and is classified 55 on 100. She was ranked 61 last year. The list compiled by Forbes Magazine is based on assets, the sphere of influence, impact and media presence. Thi Phuong Thao’ worth is estimated to $1.93 billion. She is the founder of Vietjet Airline, the famous « Bikini Airline » created in 2011 with air hostess in a bikini on some flight. Today she also detains investments in the banking, real estate sectors, and beach resorts. Apart Thao, two women from Singapore and one from Myanmar are the only others women from Southeast Asia to be on the Forbes list. German Chancellor Angela Merkel got the top spot for the seventh consecutive year, before UK Prime Minister Theresa May and Melinda Gates, co-chair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.