Wednesday, March 07, 2007

Samsung Chairman Tops List

In the U.S., sport superstars and Hollywood's elite are American Royalty. They attract great attention. In Korea, it's the leadership of Korea's top family-run conglomerates. This Chosun Ilbo article highlights the popularity of Lee Kun-hee.

Chosun Ilbo
Samsung Group chairman Lee Kun-hee was chosen as the Chief Executive Officer who Korean job-seekers and job-holders most want to resemble. According to the results of a survey of 1,255 people conducted Tuesday by employment website Saramin (, 37 percent of respondents selected Lee Kun-hee as the CEO they would most like to emulate.

Several more of Korea's top leaders made the list. Following Lee Kun-hee was AhnLab Inc. chairman An Chul-soo with 11.3 percent of the vote, Samsung Electronics vice president Yoon Jong-yong with 9 percent, Hyundai-Kia Automotive Group chairman Chung Mong-koo with 4.7 percent, E.Land Group chairman Park Sung-soo with 3.3 percent and POSCO chairman Lee Ku-taek with 3 percent.

Samsung's Lee was also named the CEO most respondents wanted to meet, at 36.6 percent. The top three reasons to meet him were: to hear his story for business success (24.9 percent), to get his advice on life (22.2 percent), and because he is the CEO of the company they want to work for (20.2 percent).

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