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Helmut Sohmen

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Net worth 2018: $1.21 Billion
Industry: Logistics
Residence: Hong Kong, Hong Kong
Country: Austria
BirthDay: 10 December 1939
Sigh: Capricorn
Children: 3
Education: Bachelor of Arts / Science, University of Vienna; Doctor of Jurisprudence, Southern Methodist University
BIOGRAPHY

Helmut Sohmen was bornon 10 December 1939 in Hong Kong, Hong Kong, Austria. Helmut Sohmen is #1746 in List Billionaires People In The World. After 28 years at the helm, Helmut Sohmen retired in 2014 as chairman of the family's BW Group and listed BW Offshore. Married to the daughter of late shipping tycoon Pao Yue-Kong, the Austrian citizen has lived in Hong Kong for decades. A Southern Methodist University law school alumnus, he supports a graduate scholarship program for Chinese lawyers studying at SMU's Dedman School of Law. Sohmen's Oxford- and Harvard-educated eldest son, Andreas Sohmen-Pao, now runs the group.

NET WORTH STATISTIC
2009

$1.3 Billion

2010

$1.4 Billion

2011

$2.1 Billion

2012

$1.4 Billion

2013

$1.3 Billion

2014

$2.6 Billion

2015

$2.1 Billion

2016

$2.3 Billion

2017

$1.8 Billion

2018

$1.21 Billion

TIMELINE
2014

In Nov 2014, Sohmen retired as chairman of BW Group

2010

In 2010 he was on the Forbes list with an estimated fortune of US$1

2009

In 2009 he was listed as the 13th richest person in Hong Kong

2003

In 2003 World-Wide completed the takeover of Norway's Bergesen fleet to become Bergesen Worldwide Ltd

1999

Scientific Advisor until 1999 Herbert Giersch, since 2002, Bernd Hans Jurgens

1996

In 1996 and 2003 in Shanghai and Beijing on Tiananmen Square, it has co-organized exhibitions

1993

In 1993, Sohmen established the Sohmen-China Foundation for the Promotion of Austria Society (ÖGCF) to promote friendly and cultural relations with the PRC

1991

With the aim of enabling young Austrians to have their first contacts with the Asian region, in 1991 Sohmen set up the Sohmen-Far East Foundation (SFEF)

1987

In 1987 he established the Egon Sohmen Foundation in memory of his brother Egon Sohmen (1930–1977)

1986

With advancing age Pao gradually stepped back from day-to-day management and in 1986 Sohmen was appointed chairman of the World-Wide Shipping Group and Pao's ownership was passed to Sohmen's wife in 1989

1974

After periods working in Bermuda (1974) and London (1977), in 1981 he finally settled in Hong Kong

1970

In 1970 Sohmen moved with his family to Hong Kong in order to join the family business

1967

In 1967, Sohmen married Anna Pui Hing Pao, whom he had met while studying in Canada

1958

In 1958, Sohmen graduated from the Linz Realschule (Fadingerschule) with distinction

1939

On 10 December 1939, Sohmen was born in Linz, Austria

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