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January 19, 2015

Shin Dong-joo, the eldest son of Lotte Group founder Shin Kyuk-ho, has been ousted from his position as vice chairman at Lotte Holdings, after disobeying his father and increasing his stakes in a subsidiary of the Korean conglomerate.

Shin Dong-joo, the eldest son of Lotte Group founder Shin Kyuk-ho, has been ousted from his position as vice chairman at Lotte Holdings, after disobeying his father and increasing his stakes in a subsidiary of the Korean conglomerate.

According to a company statement, the decision was made during a shareholders’ meeting last Thursday and puts Shin Dong-bin, the younger son of the group’s founder, in line to succeed control of the conglomerate.

August 29, 2013

South Korea’s president has met with the country’s top privately-owned conglomerates, including the likes of Samsung and LG, whose economic dominance she has publicly promised to curb in the past.

South Korea’s president has met with the country’s top privately-owned conglomerates, including the likes of Samsung and LG, whose economic dominance she has publicly promised to curb in the past.

At a lunch held in Seoul on Wednesday, Park Geun-hye promised attendees that her campaign to improve the country’s economy through “economic democratization” would not turn into the repression of conglomerates or excessive regulation.

February 25, 2013

South Korea’s chaebols are the foundation of the country’s economic success story. But have these businesses turned into monsters?  

Imagine you are the fantastically wealthy owner of a vast South Korean conglomerate with a young daughter who doesn’t know what she wants to do with her life. She needs a hobby. What do you do? Give her a bakery, of course. Sounds harmless? Not so.

Early in 2012 there was a vast public blowback against the swanky bakeries owned by the daughters of South Korean moguls, which were accused of putting traditional small Korean bun-sellers out of business. The outcry was so great that even politicians leapt on to the bandwagon.

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