H.I.H. PRINCESS THI-NGA
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His Imperial Majesty
Emperor Gia Long
His Imperial Majesty
Emperor Minh Mang
Pigneau de Béhaine
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
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 Highness
Prince Ung Thi 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). The
Princess’ mother was 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.
offices in New York, Miami, Paris and Singapore, the Princess’
venture, Imperial Holdings International, includes entities such as:
• Imperial Holdings International Development,
Virgin Islands), a real estate portfolio holding and development
• Imperial Holdings International Capital, BVI
• Imperial Retreats International I, Bahamas:
Development of a
collection of luxury private beachfront villas (Great Exuma,
Bahamas) exclusively designed by H.I.H. Princess Thi-Nga
• Imperial Retreats International II, Bahamas
• The Imperial Collection: Interiors, furniture,
decorative objects and
jewelry created and designed by H.I.H. Princess Thi-Nga.
• Imperial Couture:
Summer Resort collections designed by H.I.H. Princess Thi-Nga
• Imperial Fragrances:
Fragrances of rare
flowers composed by H.I.H. Princess Thi-Nga
• Excellence Publications:
Publisher of books on
the royal and imperial palaces, architecture, history and traditions
of foreign dynasties.
An in-house advertising, public relations and event planning
Imperial Holdings International will donate a portion of its
proceeds to The Princess Thi-Nga Foundation.
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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
(Past 3 years)
• Bass Museum of Art, Miami Beach, Florida
- Chairman of the Board of Trustees & President of the Board of
- Member of the Board of Directors 2005-2007
- Sponsor of the “Private Jade Collection of H.I.H. Princess
- Chairperson and sponsor of the “Imperial Banquet” VIP donors
- Chairperson and sponsor of the VIP Opening Gala Dinner
- Chairperson and sponsor of the “Family Day” event for Miami
- 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-
• 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
• Messenger of Peace: (A Catholic mission founded by Father
- Honorary Chair person, Miami, 2006
• Temple Emanu-El
- Member of the Board of Directors 2004-2006
- Chairperson for the relief fund “Naming Opportunities” dinner
H.I.H. Princess Thi-Nga
supports the following organizations:
• The Bass Museum of Art, Miami Beach, Florida
• The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, NY
• The American Red Cross & Red Crescent
• The American Red Magen of David
• The American Cancer Society
• The American Diabetic Association
• The Jackson Memorial Children’s Hospital
• The Vietnam Veterans of America