Helmut Sohmen was born in Linz, Austria, on 10th December 1939. He is an Austrian businessman and lawyer, currently based in Hong Kong. He is a former legislator and was a managing director at Dragon Air. He also served as the chairman of the BW Group. As of 2015, he was ranked the 894th richest person in the world by Forbes, as well as the 29th richest individual in Hong Kong.
Sohmen grew up in Austria. After graduating from school in Linz with high honors in 1958, he went to the University of Vienna to study law, thereafter being awarded with a Fulbright scholarship which enabled him to go to the University of Connecticut. His doctorate was received in Vienna.