The turbulent life of ‘Samsung princess’, the richest female billionaire in Korea: Outside flashy, tragic inside

Tram Ho

Forbes magazine recently released a list of the 50 richest people in Korea, of which only 5 are women. Lee Bo-jin, daughter of Samsung Group Chairman Lee Kun-hee, is the richest woman in the country with a fortune of $ 1.68 billion.

Lee Bo-jin, 49, is the second daughter of the chairman of Samsung, the “genuine” heir of Korea’s largest chaebol. Ms. Lee is currently running the family’s Shilla hotel chain. With everything from money to power, Lee Bo-jin has always been dubbed the “No. 1 Korean woman” and ranked 87th in the top 100 most powerful women in the world voted by Forbes magazine. .

 Cuộc đời sóng gió của ‘công chúa Samsung’, nữ tỷ phú giàu nhất Hàn Quốc: Bên ngoài hào nhoáng, bên trong đầy bi kịch - Ảnh 1.

However, inside that flashy life is a tragic life of the “Samsung princess”.

Genuine heir

Unlike his brother and sister, Lee Boo-Jin did not study abroad but studied in the country, majoring in art and science of Yonsei University. At the age of 21, after graduating from Yonsei University, Lee Boo-jin was fathered to Samsung subsidiary to train to become the future leader of the corporation.

Since then, Mrs. Lee has been devoted to Samsung. Like many of the leaders in the Korean family-owned conglomerates, Lee Boo-Jin started out as a small-sized trainee for Samsung C&T Samsung Foundation.

Constantly to prove herself to her father, to shareholders and to tens of thousands of employees, 6 years after going through many positions, large and small, she became the first female director of a Samsung subsidiary, operating Shilla hotel chain and $ 3.3 billion branded business.

 Cuộc đời sóng gió của ‘công chúa Samsung’, nữ tỷ phú giàu nhất Hàn Quốc: Bên ngoài hào nhoáng, bên trong đầy bi kịch - Ảnh 2.

Lee Boo-jin and Chairman Lee Kun Hee.

Lee Boo-Jin is the model of “female superpower” in the Korean business world, when she held the position of female president and sole director of a subsidiary of Samsung Group ..

With just over 10 years in power, Lee Boo-Jin brought Shilla to an annual turnover of 3,000 billion won, the highest in business history. Shares of this hotel chain doubled under Lee Boo-Jin and helped South Korea get its Louis Vuitton duty-free shop at its first airport.

People who work with Lee Boo-Jin call her “Little Lee Kun-Hee”, because she not only resembles her father in appearance, personality, but also has the same operating style as the head of a public corporation Korea’s No. 1 technology.

Lee Boo-jin’s corporate driving ability was demonstrated in 2017 when his brother Lee Jae-yong, who was dubbed the “Crown Prince of Samsung,” was arrested on charges of bribery involving the President. deposed Park Geun Hye. At this time, her father, Samsung chairman Lee Kun-hee, suffered from a stroke and coma since 2014. At that time, Lee Boo-jin had to take charge of a part of her brother’s responsibility in Samsung subsidiaries. .

In 2018, when his brother was released, Lee Boo-jin returned to running the Shilla hotel chain. However, many experts say that Lee Boo-jin receives the majority of the support from leaders at Samsung and is a formidable opponent of her brother on the way to conquer the position of the number one corporation in Korea. This country.

The marriage failed

Successful career but Lee Bo-jin failed marriage with ex-husband Lim Woo Jae. In 1999, the two met at a volunteer event when her “golden lady” was a trainee at a family company, while Lim Woo Jae was just an ordinary IT employee of Samsung Group. After many contacts, the couple fell in love and this love was automatically opposed by the girl’s family because of the different backgrounds of the two main characters.

At that time, Lee Boo Jin listened to the call of the heart, determined to go against the wishes of the family. She even planned a hunger strike to protect her boyfriend and her first love. Finally, the Lee family gave in, Lim Woo Jae and Lee Boo Jin’s wedding was held in August 1999.

 Cuộc đời sóng gió của ‘công chúa Samsung’, nữ tỷ phú giàu nhất Hàn Quốc: Bên ngoài hào nhoáng, bên trong đầy bi kịch - Ảnh 3.

The wedding of “Samsung princess” and her husband from normal backgrounds were strongly opposed.

The thought that after returning to the same home, the young couple can enjoy happiness but not. After the wedding, the newlyweds of Samsung Group were sent to the United States to study under the coordination of his wife’s family. “The time to prepare for studying abroad was the most difficult time in my life. I was so depressed that I committed suicide. I hugged my wife and cried like a child,” said Lim Woo Jae. For the next 7 years, the couple had to live apart because they were caught up in the whirlpool of work, sometimes they only met on special occasions.

This is considered an intentional act of separating the affection of the Samsung family, putting pressure on the immature love of the young couple. And of course, this work is fully effective. The distant geographical distance plus the time spent together to share life is not much, making the feelings of the couple fade away. As a result, at the end of 2014, Ms. Lee Boo Jin filed for divorce, many rumors said that the couple actually separated from 2 years ago.

Life is not like a dream in a trench

As one of the four children of Samsung chairman Lee Kun-hee, Lee Jae-yong, in addition to her brother Lee, has two younger sisters Lee Seo-hyun and Lee Yoon-hyung. In 2005, the youngest sister Yoon-hyung committed suicide in New York, USA when her family forbade love with someone of the same class. Since then the tragedy of the Lee family began with a series of scandals related to finance and bribery. In 2014, Samsung’s chairman suffered a stroke resulting in coma.

Lee Jae-yong’s brother is also constantly involved in the labor cycle and is being sought by prosecutors for detention on charges of manipulating prices and auditing violations in the merger of Cheil Industries Inc and Samsung C&T, two companies. son of Samsung Group.

Not only that, Lee Boo-Jin’s uncle and aunt repeatedly sued her family, in order to reclaim the Samsung inheritance that Lee Byung-Chul’s grandfather left.

 Cuộc đời sóng gió của ‘công chúa Samsung’, nữ tỷ phú giàu nhất Hàn Quốc: Bên ngoài hào nhoáng, bên trong đầy bi kịch - Ảnh 4.

Currently at the age of 49, Ms. Lee Boo-jin is still praised as a powerful woman in the land of Kimchi. Although her personal life had many misfortunes, she still became more and more beautiful and more attractive. Every time she appeared, she always attracted the attention of the media by the elegant style of the calm demeanor of a talented leader.

After years of Shilla boom, Lee Bo-jin is facing an unprecedented challenge by the effects of the Covid-19 epidemic. The Shilla hotel chain first reported losses in the first quarter of 2020 after 20 years of operation.

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Source : Genk