Michael Nguyen was born in Saigon, now as Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam in 1955. His parents worked as traders in Saigon. He attended law school at University of Saigon for 2 years before his whole family migrated in 1975. His family was sponsored by a Lutheran church and settled in Hallam, PA. He worked several part time jobs to earn a living. He attended Elizabeth Town College in Pennsylvania. He later moved to New York City to work, then went onto complete his M.B.A. at the Wharton School of Business at University of Pennsylvania. In 2000, his family—his wife, children and he—moved to Mexico as expatriates for a United States company. In 2007, moving back to the United States, they chose to settle in Houston where he set up his own business investment consulting company. He is also involved in many business and volunteering organizations around the city.