April 30 marked the 40th anniversary of the reunification of North and South Vietnam, and the end of one of the longest wars in contemporary history. Vietnam has come a long way since. Today it is listed highly by various economic assessments and predictions as the next tiger of Asia; a country with the fastest growing middle class in Southeast Asia and also as home for the fastest growing number of ultra-rich. Optimistic estimates place Vietnam as the world’s 8th fastest growing economy by 2050.

The Doi Moi reforms, introduced in 1986, created opportunities for economic growth, resulting in average 7 percent growth in its gross domestic product over the past decade, a remarkable achievement outnumbered only by China and India.

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