- 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.
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