Kiwi Legend: the Vietnamese refugee who became a NZ business leader

Mitchel Pham has fond memories of his early childhood in Vietnam. He was the oldest of three kids and both his parents were engineers. They lived across the Saigon river from the CBD in a mostly rural area.

“I remember having a very open and natural environment to grow up in, much like Kiwi kids,” says Mitchell.

He was born in the early 1970s as the Vietnam War was ending and was four when Saigon was captured, signifying the end of the war as the country became the Socialist Republic of Vietnam.

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