Lee Byung-chul


Birthday February 12, 1910

Birth Sign Aquarius

Birthplace Seoul, South Korea

DEATH DATE Nov 19, 1987 (77)

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South Korean entrepreneur known for founding the Samsung Group. He was chairman of the Federation of Korean Industries and for a time was the richest man in Korea.

Before Fame

He attended Waseda University in Tokyo, but did not finish school and founded the Samsung Trading Co. in 1938.


His art collection has been deemed one of the most impressive collections in all of Korea.

Family Life

He was born to Lee Chan-woo and Kwon Jae-rim in Gyeongnam, South Korea. He had 10 children.

Associated With

John Francis Mitchell was an executive at Motorola, one of Samsung's major competitors.