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seventy-eight deceased this year raised Samsung as a global company and the world's number one company after becoming chairman in 1987.

However, it also left the stigma of the Samsung Republic due to various suspicions of corruption.

Reporter Hwa Kang-yoon organized the light and shadow left by Chairman Lee Kun-hee.


In December 1987, Chairman Kun-hee Lee, who took office as the group's chairman at the age of 45, moved from textiles and chemistry to electronics and semiconductors.

In particular, with our commitment to the semiconductor business, we succeeded in developing the world's first 64-mega DRAM in 1992, surpassing Japan in the memory semiconductor field, and ranked first.

In 1993, Chairman Lee, who went on a new career with the so-called'Frankfurt Declaration', changed the constitution of the Samsung Group.

[Lee Kun-hee/Samsung Group Chairman (June 1993): Talk to the extreme, I'm not kidding.

Change everything except your wife and children.] In

1995, when the defect rate of mobile phones reached 12%, they destroyed and burned 50 billion won worth of defective products.

Chairman Lee's lobby, slush funds, and the succession of management rights, etc. were followed like tags.

In 2005, the public apologized for the'An Gifu X File Case' for providing'rice cake prices' to major social figures such as the politicians and prosecutors. He also revealed that he had been managing

After a special prosecution investigation, Chairman Lee, who was convicted of tax evasion and other charges, again apologized to the public and withdrew from the front line.

[Late Kun-hee Lee/Samsung Group Chairman (April 2008): We sincerely apologize and fulfill our legal and moral responsibilities.]

Since then, he returned to the front line of management after receiving a pardon in 2010 for the promotion of the PyeongChang Olympic Games, but his son Jae-yong Lee as vice chairman Has been criticized socially for using expedients in the succession process.

It was a mistake to adhere to the no-union principle and not respect workers' rights.