Lee Myung-bak

Former President of South Korea
Born Dec 19, 1941
Age 73
Hometown Osaka
Net Worth $23.6 Million
Political Party Saenuri Party
Religion Presbyterian
Alma Mater Korea University

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


1964 22 Years Old Lee attended night school at Dongji Commercial High School in Pohang, at the time he 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 to work at Hyundai Construction which was awarded Korea's first-ever overseas construction, a $5.2 million contract to build the Pattani-Narathiwat Highway in Thailand. … Read More
1968 26 Years Old The project was successfully completed in March 1968, and Lee returned to Korea and was subsequently given charge of Hyundai's heavy machinery plant in Seoul. … Read More


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


1992 - 1995 2 More Events
1996 54 Years Old In 1996, Lee was re-elected as a member of the Korean National Assembly. … Read More
1998 56 Years Old He resigned in 1998 before being fined 7 million won for breaking election law and appeasing Kim to flee. … Read More
1999 57 Years Old In 1999, Lee is alleged to have met Kim Kyung-joon and established the LKE Bank with Kim Kyung-joon. … Read More


2002 60 Years Old In 2002, Lee ran for mayor of Seoul and won. … Read More
On May 10, 2007, Lee officially declared his intention to run for the Grand National Party as its presidential candidate.
He took the oath of office February 25, 2008, vowing to revitalize the economy, strengthen relations with the United States and "deal with" North Korea. … Read More
Multiple news outlets have remarked upon the apparently close friendship between Lee and U.S. President Barack Obama. Despite Lee's wavering support at home, Lee's leadership was lauded by Barack Obama at the 2009 G-20 London summit, where Obama called South Korea "of America's closest allies and greatest friends." … Read More
2010 68 Years Old President Lee succeeded in bringing the Cheonan incident to the forefront in the Chair's Statement for the Asia-Europe Meeting in 2010 at Brussels, drawing member nation support for the South Korean government's stance on North Korea's nuclear issue and stability in Northeast Asia. … Read More
Former president, Kim Young-sam had expressed negative outlooks on Lee Myung-bak'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 has had a series of corruption allegations surrounding certain high ranking government employees. … Read More
His direct and tough policy towards North Korea has resulted in promoting a negative image of him throughout North Korea. Lee Myung-bak's name has become a target practice in the North Korean military as shown through the Korean Central Television on March 6, 2012.
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