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Why an Oxford college is renaming itself for Vietnam's richest woman

Vietjet founder Nguyen Thi Phuong Thao's $211m gift to Linacre draws criticism

Nguyen Thi Phuong Thao, the founder of Vietjet airline, is one of Asia's self-made female billionaires.   © Reuters

HO CHI MINH CITY/LONDON -- Nguyen Thi Phuong Thao, Vietnam's richest woman, is making waves on two continents after an Oxford University college announced plans to rename itself after her following a donation of 155 million pounds ($211 million) from Thao's holding company.

The postgraduate-focused Linacre College will become Thao College after the first check from Sovico clears, the institution said Monday. So who is the tycoon replacing the 16th-century English doctor immortalized on school letterhead?

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