H.I.H. Princess Thi-Nga
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His Imperial Majesty
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Her Imperial Highness Princess Thi-Nga was born in Saigon, South Vietnam, and was subsequently educated in Paris, France. She is fluent in English, French and three dialects of Vietnamese.
The Princess is the great-great-great granddaughter of His Imperial Majesty Emperor Gia Long, founder of the nation which he named “Vietnam” in 1802. Under his reign, Laos and Cambodia were vassal countries to the nation which subsequently became “The Empire of Vietnam” (please refer to attached genealogy of The Nguyen Dynasty 1468-1945).
The Princess is the great-great granddaughter of His Imperial Majesty Emperor Minh Mang. She is the great granddaughter of His Imperial Highness Prince Mien Tham, Prime Minister to the Imperial Court and is the granddaughter of His Imperial Highness Prince Huong Khang, Minister of Finance to the Imperial Court.
On her maternal side, the Princess is the great-great granddaughter of His Excellency Hoang Cao Khai, the Viceroy of Tonkin. Her maternal great grandfather, His Excellency Hoang Trong Phu, was the recipient of the French Grand-Croix de la Legion d’Honneur, the highest medal awarded by France.
The princess is the daughter of the late His Imperial Highnesses Prince and Her Highness Duchess Nga whose vision and legacies embodied the Imperial tradition of promoting the culture, welfare, infrastructure, edifices and philanthropies of Vietnam.
The Princess’ parents were the founders of Vikimco Steel (Vietnam’s first steel plant), and the Rex Hotel and Commercial Center. Additionally, they established the Vinh Hao Mineral Water Spring and bottling plant and held a large real estate portfolio.
His Imperial Highness Prince Ung Thi was also the Chairman of the Vietnam Cong Thuong Ngan Hang (Vietnam Bank of Commerce). In addition to the family’s own charitable foundation, the Princess’ mother was also the President of the International Diplomatic Organization, a charitable organization whose members were community leaders and foreign ambassadors, and which mission was to provide relief to orphans and war victims.
During the Vietnam War, the Princess’ parents provided their private residence to U.S. Generals such as General Abrams, General Timmies, General Stilwell Jr. and General Miers. Additionally, they provided the Rex Hotel and Commercial Center to house Senior American Military Officers, the J.U.S.P.A.O. (Joint U.S. Public Affairs Office) and the U.S.I.S. (US Information Service); and also provided the Dai Nam Hotel as the Headquarters for the M.A.C.V. (Military Assistance Command Vietnam).
Although the Imperial Family had been living in France since 1954, the Princess’ parents maintained residences in Switzerland, France and Vietnam. After the fall of South Vietnam in 1975, they permanently lived in exile in Switzerland and France.
Currently, the Princess’ activities are divided between heading the Family’s Holdings, acting as the sole Trustee of her Family’s Trust and pursuing her own ventures and foundation.
With corporate offices in New York, Miami, Paris and Singapore, the Princess’ venture, Imperial
Holdings International, includes entities such as:
Imperial Holdings International will donate a portion of its proceeds to The Princess Thi-Nga Foundation.
The Princess Thi-Nga Foundation is a charitable organization dedicated to global humanitarian and cultural causes, especially the restoration and preservation of monuments of the world such as the Imperial City of Hue, established by the Princess’ great-great-great Grandfather His Imperial Majesty Emperor Gia Long), which was named a “World Heritage Monument” by UNESCO.
The foundation will manage the global exhibition of The Jade Collection of H.I.H. Princess Thi-Nga of Vietnam, a Princess Thi-Nga’s Trust property.
Current Affiliations (Past 5 years)
· Bass Museum of Art, Miami Beach, Florida
- Chairman of the Board of Trustees & President of the Board of Directors 2007-2008
- Member of the Board of Directors 2005-2007
- Sponsor of the “Private Jade Collection of H.I.H. Princess Thi-Nga” exhibition
- Chair person and sponsor of the “Imperial Banquet” VIP donors preview reception
- Chair person and sponsor of the VIP Opening Gala Dinner
- Chair person and sponsor of the “Family Day” event for Miami Dade Community
- Chairperson and sponsor for the “Imperial Tea Ceremony” for donors and members.
· Project L.E.V. (Love, Education, Values)
- Patron of the “Children with Special Needs”, Miami (2007- present)
· Miami City Ballet
- Member of the Board of Directors 2004 – 2007
- Chairperson and sponsor for the 20th Anniversary Opening Gala
- Chairperson and sponsor for the Ballet Imperial Opening Dinner Reception
· Messenger of Peace: (A Catholic mission founded by Father Angel)
- Honorary Chair person, Miami, 2006
· Temple Emanu-El
- Member of the Board of Directors 2004-2006
- Chair person for the relief fund “Naming Opportunities” dinner reception.
H.I.H. Princess Thi-Nga supports the following organizations:
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PRINCESS THI-NGA OF VIETNAM founder of Princess Thi-Nga Foundation.