Kim Jong-nam

North Korean Politician
Born May 10, 1971

Kim Jong-nam, is the eldest son of the late Kim Jong-il, former leader of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea. From roughly 1998 to 2001, he was widely considered to be the heir apparent to his father and the next leader of North Korea. Following a much-publicized botched attempt to secretly enter Japan using a fake passport and visit Disneyland in May 2001, he was thought to have fallen out of favor with his father.… Read More

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  • Kim Jong Un's Nephew To Attend Famous University In France
    Huffington Post - Aug 27, 2013
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    Google News - Oct 19, 2012
  • Marty Kaplan: Why Kim Loves Disney
    The Huffington Post - Jul 16, 2012
  • Kim Jong Nam: Concerned Citizen, Not Playboy
    Wall Street Journal - Jan 24, 2012


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1971 Birth Born on May 10, 1971.


1994 23 Years Old From roughly 1994 to 2001, he was widely considered to be the heir apparent to his father and the next leader of North Korea. … Read More
1995 24 Years Old According to the Japanese magazine Shūkan Shinchō, Kim Jong-nam has made several clandestine visits to Japan, starting as early as 1995. … Read More
1998 27 Years Old In 1998, Kim Jong-nam was appointed to a senior position in the Ministry of Public Security, the DPRK as a future leader. … Read More


2001 30 Years Old 1 More Event
In January 2001, he accompanied his father to Shanghai, where he had talks with Chinese officials on the IT industry.
2003 32 Years Old …  In late 2003, it was reported that Kim Jong-nam was living in Macau, lending strength to this belief. … Read More
It was reported in the South China Morning Post on 1 February 2007, that Kim Jong-nam had been living incognito with his family in Macau, for some three years, and that this was a cause of some embarrassment to both the Macanese and Chinese governments.
2009 38 Years Old In January 2009, Kim Jong-nam said he had "no interest" in taking power in North Korea after his father, stating that it is only for him to decide.
In June 2010, Kim Jong-nam gave a brief interview to the Associated Press in Macau while waiting for a hotel elevator. … Read More


2011 40 Years Old Kim Jong-un was declared Supreme Leader of North Korea on 24 December 2011 after the death of Kim Jong-il.
On 1 January 2012, the Japanese daily Yomiuri Shimbun reported that Kim Jong-nam secretly flew to Pyongyang from Macau on 17 December 2011, after learning about his father's death that day and was presumed to have accompanied Kim Jong-un when paying his last respects to their father. … Read More
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