Lee Kun-hee

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Lee Kun-hee
Lee Kun-Hee.jpg
Lee attending breakfast with various Korean business leaders, 2013
Born(1942-01-09)January 9, 1942
DiedOctober 25, 2020(2020-10-25) (aged 78)
Cause of deathProblems caused by a heart attack
NationalitySouth Korean
Alma materWaseda University
George Washington University
OccupationChairman of Samsung
Net worthUS$20.6 billion (February 2020)[2]
Spouse(s)Hong Ra-hee[3]
ChildrenLee Jae-yong
Lee Boo-jin
Lee Seo-hyun
Lee Yoon-hyung
Parent(s)Lee Byung-chull (1909–1987)
Park Du-eul (1907–1999)
Korean name
Hangul
Hanja
Revised RomanizationI Geonhui
McCune–ReischauerYi Kŏnhŭi

Lee Kun-hee (Hangul: 이건희; Hanja: 李健熙; Korean pronunciation: [iːɡʌnhi]; January 9, 1942 – October 25, 2020) was a South Korean businessman. He was the chairman of Samsung Group. In 1996, Lee became a member of the International Olympic Committee. His family has a net worth of US$40.8 billion, which make them among the Forbes richest people in the world.

He was the third son of Samsung founder Lee Byung-chull.[4]

In May 2014, he was hospitalized for a heart attack and was in a coma.[5]

In 2014, Lee was named the world's 35th most powerful person and the most powerful Korean by Forbes Magazine's List of The World's Most Powerful People along with his son Lee Jae-yong.[6]

He died on 25 October 2020 in Seoul from problems caused by the heart attack he suffered in 2014.[7] He was 78 years old.[8]

References[change | change source]

  1. Louis Kraar (12 Apr 2010). "Lee Kun-Hee South Korean businessman". Britannica. Retrieved 18 Feb 2017.
  2. "Lee Kun-Hee", Forbes (profile), retrieved 13 February 2020
  3. Herald, The Korea (29 March 2011). "Hong Ra-hee makes comeback as Leeum's director".
  4. "Profile: Lee Kun-hee". BBC. March 24, 2010. Retrieved 2013-03-02.
  5. Power, John (7 April 2015). "Is Samsung chairman Lee Kun-hee dead or alive?". The Korea Observer. Retrieved 7 April 2015.
  6. "The World's Most Powerful People".
  7. 이건희 삼성 회장 별세…향년 78세
  8. "Chairman of Samsung Group Lee Kun-hee dies at 78". The African Media. 2020-10-25. Retrieved 2020-10-25.