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Lee Kun-hee

  • Lee Kun-hee, longtime chairman of Korean conglomerate Samsung Group, died at age 78 in late October 2020.
  • In May 2014, Lee suffered a heart attack and had been in a coma since then.
  • The Samsung Group encompasses everything from fashion, theme parks and insurance to advanced materials, IT services and smartphones and TVs.
  • Lee was the third son of Samsung Group founder Lee Byung-Chull, son of a wealthy landowner who started a modest trading company nearly 80 years ago.
  • His fortune includes that of his wife, Hong Ra-hee, a daughter of a media tycoon who chaired one of the country’s largest newspapers.

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Lee’s son Jay Y. Lee spent a year in jail on bribery charges involving former president Park Geun-hye and was released with a suspended sentence in February 2018.

In 1987, shortly after his father’s death, Lee took the helm and eventually turned the Samsung Group into South Korea’s No. 1 conglomerate.

$8.6B

Billionaires
March 2011

$8.3B

Billionaires
March 2012

$13B

Billionaires
March 2013

$11.1B

Billionaires
March 2014

$11.3B

Billionaires
March 2015

$9.6B

Billionaires
March 2016

$15.1B

Billionaires
March 2017

$18.6B

Billionaires
March 2018

$16.9B

Billionaires
March 2019

$14.1B

Billionaires
April 2020

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Lee Kun-hee

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