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ONE YEAR AGO IN VIETNAM: McDONALD’S ARRIVED BY WAY OF FORMER *BOAT PERSON*

Source: Chicago Tribune, February 10, 2014

McDonald's Vietnam 2 10 2014On February 10, 2014 McDonald’s opened its first restaurant in Vietnam with a partner having strong ties to the Chicago area: Henry Nguyen, a private equity investor with a medical degree and MBA from Northwestern University.

Nguyen, who worked at the world’s largest hamburger chain as a teenager, was born in Vietnam and fled with his family as a toddler just before Saigon fell. He returned to the country more than 12 years ago and is a highly visible entrepreneur whose father-in-law, Nguyen Tan Dung, is the country’s prime minister.

Oak Brook, Illinois based McDonald’s operates in 118 countries — 10,000 locations across Asia and Africa alone — but getting to Vietnam took a little more time.

The restaurant in Ho Chi Minh City (formerly Saigon) launched the McPork line of burgers, created to reflect local Vietnamese tastes.

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