Lucia Thao Huong Simekova is all smiles on the cover of the Forbes magazine's April issue. A spokesperson of the magazine has confirmed that she is the first person of Vietnamese descent to be on the Slovakia 30 under 30 listing. She is there because in just two years, her restaurant chain, Pho, has raked in turnover of over 3 million euros ($3.4 million). “I'm very grateful to be chosen to be on Forbes's list. It gives me greater motivation, because my restaurant is still very young,” Huong told VnExpress . Lucia Thao Huong Simekova (L, 2nd) and other young entrepreneurs on the cover of the Slovakian edition of the Forbes magazine. Photo courtesy of Forbes Slovakia. Early business schooling Born in Bratislava, the capital of Slovakia, Huong grew up in the Ivanka pri Dunaji village, about 15 kilometers west of the Slovakian capital. Her father is from Hanoi and her mother a native of the northern province of Nam Dinh. The two met in the Polish capital of Warsaw after completing their studies in Europe. The eldest of four siblings, Huong started to help her parents organize the clothing inventory for their business while she was in elementary school…. Read full this story
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