Chung Ju-yung

1915 - 2001

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Chung Ju-yung or Jung Joo-young (Korean: 정주영; 25 November 1915 – 21 March 2001), was a South Korean entrepreneur and the founder of Hyundai Groups, one of the largest chaebols in South Korea. Raised as the eldest son of a poor Korean farmer, he became the richest man in South Korea. Chung was an integral part of the rapid development of Korea's economy, growing Hyundai Heavy Industries to be the largest shipbuilder in the world, as well as growing Hyundai Motor Group into the largest automobile manufacturer in Korea, and the third largest in the world. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Chung Ju-yung has received more than 930,775 page views. His biography is available in 27 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 26 in 2019). Chung Ju-yung is the 114th most popular businessperson (down from 111th in 2019), the 28th most popular biography from North Korea (down from 25th in 2019) and the most popular North Korean Businessperson.

Chung Ju-yung is most famous for founding the Hyundai Motor Company.

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Among businesspeople, Chung Ju-yung ranks 114 out of 847Before him are Joan Laporta, Carlos Ghosn, Christina Onassis, Lakshmi Mittal, Ole Kirk Christiansen, and Al-Waleed bin Talal. After him are Mohammed bin Awad bin Laden, William Randolph Hearst, Iwasaki Yatarō, César Ritz, William Boeing, and Madam C. J. Walker.

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Among people born in 1915, Chung Ju-yung ranks 37Before him are Aziz Nesin, Elisabeth Schwarzkopf, Thomas Huckle Weller, Brother Roger, Shoichi Yokoi, and Rudolf Kirchschläger. After him are Princess Lilian, Duchess of Halland, Bob Kane, Franz Josef Strauss, Mario Del Monaco, Robert A. Dahl, and Laurent Schwartz. Among people deceased in 2001, Chung Ju-yung ranks 40Before him are W. G. Sebald, Timothy McVeigh, Charles Trenet, Juan Antonio Villacañas, Giovanni Leone, and Balthus. After him are Anna Mani, Isaac Stern, Donald J. Cram, Francisco Rabal, Jacques Mayol, and David Graf.

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In North Korea

Among people born in North Korea, Chung Ju-yung ranks 28 out of 162Before him are Yeon Gaesomun (603), Pak Pong-ju (1939), Choe Yong-rim (1930), Seongjong of Goryeo (960), Gongyang of Goryeo (1345), and Kim Kyong-hui (1946). After him are Hyeonjong of Goryeo (992), Kim Jong-nam (1971), Lee Yoo-hyung (1911), Mokjong of Goryeo (980), Yuri of Goguryeo (-38), and Munjong of Goryeo (1019).


Among businesspeople born in North Korea, Chung Ju-yung ranks 1