Lee Myung-bak

Former President of South Korea
Born Dec 19, 1941

Lee Myung-bak is the 10th President of South Korea. Prior to his presidency, he was the CEO of Hyundai Engineering and Construction and the mayor of Seoul. He is married to Kim Yoon-ok and has three daughters and one son. His older brother is Lee Sang-deuk, a South Korean politician. He attends the Somang Presbyterian Church. Lee is a graduate of Korea University and also received an honorary degree from Paris Diderot University on May 13, 2011.… Read More

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Learn about the memorable moments in the evolution of Lee Myung-bak.


1941 Birth Lee Myung-bak was born 19 December 1941, in Osaka, Japan. … Read More
1945 3 Years Old In 1945, after the end of World War II, his family returned to his father's hometown of Pohang, in Gyeongsangbuk-do in the American-occupied portion of the Korean Peninsula. … Read More


1964 22 Years Old Lee attended night school at Dongji Commercial High School in Pohang and received a scholarship. A year after graduation, Lee gained admission to Korea University. In 1964, during his third year in college, Lee was elected president of the student council. … Read More
1965 23 Years Old In 1965, Lee started work at Hyundai Construction, the company which was awarded Korea's first-ever overseas construction project, a $5.2 million contract to build the Pattani-Narathiwat Highway in Thailand and china.
1968 26 Years Old Shortly after he was hired by the company, Lee was sent to Thailand to participate in the project, which was successfully completed in March 1968. … Read More


1988 46 Years Old In 1988, he was named chairman of Hyundai Construction at the age of 47. … Read More


1992 - 1995 2 More Events
1996 54 Years Old In 1996, Lee was reelected as a member of the Korean National Assembly, representing Jongno-gu in Seoul. … Read More
1998 56 Years Old Lee resigned in 1998 before being fined USD$6.5 million for breaking election law and forcing Kim to flee. … Read More
1999 57 Years Old In 1999, Lee was alleged to have met Kim Kyung-joon and established the LKE Bank with him. … Read More


2002 60 Years Old 1 More Event
…  Before his election as president, he was the CEO of Hyundai Engineering and Construction, as well as the mayor of Seoul from 1 July 2002, to 30 June 2006. … Read More
On 10 May 2007, Lee officially declared his intention to seek the nomination of the Grand National Party (GNP) as its presidential candidate.
He took the oath of office on 25 February 2008, vowing to revitalize the economy, strengthen relations with the United States and "deal with" North Korea. … Read More
In February 2009, President Lee established the Presidential Committee on Green Growth, which absorbed the sustainable development commission and two other committees on energy and climate change under direct authority of the President. … Read More
2010 68 Years Old 1 More Event
…  However, businesspeople in their 50s-60s in the construction and real estate sectors withdrew their support of Lee after the 2010 regional election and 2012 presidential election. … Read More
Former president, Kim Young-sam expressed negative outlooks on Lee's role as the president and his influence between South Korea and Japan according to a Wikileaks file. As of late 2011, Lee's administration had a series of corruption allegations surrounding certain high-ranking government employees. … Read More
His direct and tough policy towards North Korea promoted a negative image of him throughout North Korea. Lee's name became a target practice in the North Korean military as shown through the Korean Central Television on 6 March 2012.
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