Vietnam man revealed as buyer of auctioned town

Associated Press
In this photo taken Saturday, April 7, 2012, Vietnamese businessman Pham Dinh Nguyen, right, poses with Don Sammons, who was the self-proclaimed "mayor" and sole inhabitant in Buford, Wyo., U.S.A. Nguyen, 38, flew to the U.S. for the first time, drove to a tiny, frigid trading outpost and bought his own piece of the American dream: Buford, Wyoming _ population 1. Nguyen's name was not released last week when he won the auction for Buford _ billed as the nation's smallest town _ but he has since drawn attention in Vietnamese media and on social networks. Many are lauding him for showing the world that Vietnam has moved far beyond war and poverty. (AP Photo/Tuoi Tre Newspaper)  EDITORIAL USE ONLY

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Vietnamese businessman Pham Dinh Nguyen's name was not released last week on Apr. 6 when he won the auction for Buford, Wyo. — billed as the nation's smallest town — but he has since drawn the attention of American and Vietnamese media. Nguyen, who bid $900,000 for Buford, runs a trade and distribution company in southern Ho Chi Minh City. He said that although he is not exactly sure what he will do with the town just off Interstate 80, he expects to use it to sell items made in Vietnam.

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