Helmut Sohmen is a prominent Austrian businessman and lawyer who is currently based in Hong Kong. During his professional career, he has served as the President and Chairman of World-Wide Shipping Group. During his leadership, the company managed to acquire a majority stake in Bergesen, which is a Norwegian fleet in the year 2003. The fleet was then given a new name, shipping empire-Bergesen World-Wide (BW).
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Prior to this, Sohmen had founded a foundation known as the Sohmen Far East Foundation. He established this foundation in the year 1991 with the aim of assisting young Austrians establish contacts in Asia. Sohmen attended the Linz Realschule and graduated with honors, after which he won a Fulbright scholarship at the University of Connecticut in the US. He eventually obtained his doctorate in Vienna, and shortly after married Anna Pui Hing Pao, with whom he has 3 children.
Due to his love for knowledge, he interrupted his professional career more than once to obtain a Master of Laws and Master of Comparative Law. In 1981, he relocated to Hong Kong with his family and 5 years later, he became a shareholder and Chief Executive Officer of Dragon Air. Today, Sohmen is one of the richest people in Austria and also in Hong Kong with his current net worth of $1.3 billion.