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August 16, 2012

Kim Seung-Youn, chair of South Korean conglomerate Hanwha, has been jailed for four years and fined 5.1 billion Korean won (€3.7 million) after being found guilty of embezzlement.

Kim Seung-Youn, chair of South Korean conglomerate Hanwha, has been jailed for four years and fined 5.1 billion Korean won (€3.7 million) after being found guilty of embezzlement.

The 60-year-old head of the family business, whose operations range from manufacturing and construction to financial services, was sent directly to jail following the ruling by a South Korean court today.

February 9, 2012

Family businesses are crucial to the smooth running of western economies. Indeed, as argued many times by CampdenFB and its supporters, they are crucial to the recovery of the European and US economies, and the continuing success of fast-growing emerging markets.

Family businesses are crucial to the smooth running of western economies. Indeed, as argued many times by CampdenFB and its supporters, they are crucial to the recovery of the European and US economies,  and the continuing success of fast-growing emerging markets.

January 31, 2012

Plans by opposition politicians in South Korea to introduce a new tax on family-controlled conglomerates have been criticised by the country’s finance minister.

Plans by opposition politicians in South Korea to introduce a new tax on family-controlled conglomerates have been criticised by the country’s finance minister.

Bahk Jae-wan said the Democratic United Party’s suggestion to tax the dividends earned by family-owned conglomerates, or chaebol, from equity investments in their affiliates could hurt future investment and competitiveness, reported the Yonhap News Agency, a local news provider.

December 3, 2010

Samsung Electronics Ltd, a division of South Korea’s largest conglomerate the Samsung Group, announced 3 December that third-generation Lee Jae Yong has been promoted to president at the family-controlled firm.

Samsung Electronics Ltd, a division of South Korea's largest conglomerate the Samsung Group, announced 3 December that third-generation Lee Jae Yong (pictured) has been promoted to president at the family-controlled firm.

May 17, 2010

Lee Kun Hee, the second-generation chairman of Samsung Electronics, became South Korea’s richest man in terms of stock ownership after the listing of Samsung Life Insurance Co last week.

Lee Kun Hee, the second-generation chairman of Samsung Electronics, became South Korea's richest man in terms of stock ownership after the listing of Samsung Life Insurance Co last week.

Based on the closing price after the IPO, stocks owned by Lee were valued at $10.71 billion making him the country's richest man, according the Chaebul.com, a specialist website that collates information on the country's family-owned conglomerates.
 

March 24, 2010

Lee Kun Hee, the second-generation former chairman of family-controlled Samsung Group, will return to the business as chairman of Samsung Electronics after stepping down as in 2008 following a conviction for tax evasion.

Lee Kun Hee (pictured), the second-generation former chairman of family-controlled Samsung Group, will return to the business as chairman of Samsung Electronics after stepping down as in 2008 following a conviction for tax evasion. (Click here to read our coverage of the story)
 

January 4, 2010

Lee Kun Hee, the second-generation former chairman of family-controlled Samsung Group, received an official pardon last week for his conviction for tax evasion.

Lee Kun Hee, the second-generation former chairman of family-controlled Samsung Group, received an official pardon last week for his conviction for tax evasion.

The family patriarch was given a three year suspended prison sentence in July 2008 after being found guilty of tax evasion. 

December 15, 2009

Samsung Electronics Ltd, a division of South Korea’s largest conglomerate the Samsung Group, announced today third-generation Lee Jae Yong has been promoted to executive vice president and chief operating officer in a management reorganisation.

Samsung Electronics Ltd, a division of South Korea's largest conglomerate the Samsung Group, announced today third-generation Lee Jae Yong (pictured) has been promoted to executive vice president and chief operating officer in a management reorganisation.

The company also announced the promotion of Choi Gee Sung to the CEO role. In the statement released by the conglomerate this morning Choi said the new management structure was intended "to prepare for the challenges and opportunities ahead."

April 22, 2008

Less than a week after he was indicted for tax evasion, Lee Kun-hee has fallen on his sword after 20 years at the top.

Less than a week after he was indicted for tax evasion, Lee Kun-hee has fallen on his sword after 20 years at the top. In a nationally televised press conference, the second-generation Samsung chairman apologised for his wrongdoing and for the negative impact the probe could have on South Korea.

“I have decided to step down as chairman of the group,” he announced at the company’s headquarters in Seoul. “I will take all legal and moral responsibility and truly apologise to the nation.”

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