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Nationality  Korean
Name  Lee Byung-chul
Hanja  李秉喆

Hangul  이병철
Religion  Won Buddhism
Role  Business person

Born  February 12, 1910 (1910-02-12) Uiryeong, Gyeongsangnam-do, Korean Empire
Alma mater  Waseda University in Tokyo
Occupation  Founder of Samsung Group
Died  November 19, 1987, Seoul, South Korea
Organizations founded  Samsung Group, Samsung Electronics, CJ Group, Samsung C&T Corporation, Cheil Industries
Children  Lee Kun-hee, Lee Maeng-hee, Lee Myung-Hee
Grandchildren  Lee Jae-yong, Lee Jae-hyun, Lee Boo-Jin
Siblings  Lee Byung-gak, Lee Byung-yoon
Similar People  Lee Kun‑hee, Lee Maeng‑hee, Chung Ju‑yung, Lee Jae‑yong, Lee Boo‑Jin

History of SAMSUNG | 1938-2017 | 4K

Lee Byung-chul (February 12, 1910 – November 19, 1987) was the founder of the Samsung Group and one of South Korea's most successful businessmen. With the breakup of the Hyundai chaebol, Samsung is now South Korea's largest business group.


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Samsung Founder Lee Byung chul rare photos

Early life

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Byung-chul was the son of a wealthy landowning family (a branch of the Gyeongju Lee clan). He attended college at Waseda University in Tokyo but did not complete his degree.


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Byung-chul established a trucking business in Daegu on 1 March 1938, which he named Samsung Trading Co, the forerunner to Samsung. Samsung means "Three Stars" which explains the initial corporate logos.

Lee Byung-chul Steve Jobs with Lee Byungchul the founder of Samsung Group on his

By 1945 Samsung was transporting goods throughout Korea and to other countries. The company was based in Seoul by 1947. It was one of the ten largest "trading companies" when the Korean War started in 1950. With the conquest of Seoul by the North Korean army, Lee was forced to relocate his business to Pusan. The massive influx of U.S. troops and equipment into Busan over the next year and a half of the war proved to be highly beneficial to Lee's trucking company.

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In 1961 when General Park seized power, Lee was in Japan and for some time he did not return to South Korea. Eventually, a deal was struck and Lee returned but Samsung had to give up control over the banks it acquired and follow economic directives from Park's government.

Federation of Korean Industries

Later in life, Byung-chul served as chairman of the Federation of Korean Industries and was known as the richest man in Korea.

Korean art collection

After his death, Byung-chul's estate (Ho-Am) was opened to the public for tours. His collection of Korean art is considered one of the largest private collections in the country and it features a number of art objects that have been designated "National Treasures" by the Korean government. Ho-Am is located a short distance from the Everland park, South Korea's most popular amusement park (Everland is also owned by the Samsung Group).


The family of Lee Byung-chul

  • Lee Byung Chul (12 February 1910 ~ 19 November 1987) - 1st chairman of Samsung.
  • 1st wife: Park Du-eul (1907 ~ 2000)
  • 1st daughter: Lee In-hee (1928 ~ )
  • 1st son: Lee Maeng-hee (20 June 1931 ~ 14 August 2015) - Founder of CJ Group (he lost the lawsuit with Lee Kun-hee)
  • 2nd son: Lee Chang-hee (1933 ~ 1991) - Founder of Saehan
  • 2nd daughter: Lee Suk-hee (1935 ~ )
  • 3rd daughter: Lee Soon-hee (1939 ~ )
  • 4th daughter: Lee Deok-hee (1940 ~ )
  • 3rd son: Lee Kun-hee (1942 ~ ) - 2nd chairman of Samsung.
  • 5th daughter: Lee Myung-hee (1943 ~ ) chairwoman of Shinsegae group and mother of Chung Yong-jin
  • 2nd wife : Mrs. Kuroda
  • 4th son: Lee Tae-whi (1947 ~ )
  • 6th daughter: Lee Hye-ja (1961 ~ )
  • References

    Lee Byung-chul Wikipedia

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