Lee Byung-chul

1910 - 1987

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Lee Byung-chul (Korean: 이병철; 12 February 1910 – 19 November 1987) was a South Korean businessman who founded the Samsung Group, the country's largest chaebol (conglomerate). Lee founded Samsung in 1938, at the age of 28. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Lee Byung-chul has received more than 2,207,872 page views. His biography is available in 34 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 33 in 2019). Lee Byung-chul is the 68th most popular businessperson (down from 62nd in 2019), the 42nd most popular biography from South Korea (down from 41st in 2019) and the 2nd most popular South Korean Businessperson.

Lee Byung-chul is most famous for being the founder of the Samsung Group.

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Among businesspeople, Lee Byung-chul ranks 68 out of 847Before him are Aga Khan IV, Thomas Cook, Robert Kardashian, Helena Rubinstein, Kiichiro Toyoda, and Sung Jae-gi. After him are Calouste Gulbenkian, Bernie Ecclestone, J. Bruce Ismay, Richard Branson, Stan Kroenke, and Stanley Rous.

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Among people born in 1910, Lee Byung-chul ranks 23Before him are Gerda Taro, Dorothy Hodgkin, Walter Schellenberg, Ronald Coase, Dominique Pire, and David Niven. After him are Subrahmanyan Chandrasekhar, Helenio Herrera, Archer Martin, Nathuram Godse, Ludwig Stumpfegger, and Michel Aflaq. Among people deceased in 1987, Lee Byung-chul ranks 23Before him are Pola Negri, Lawrence Kohlberg, James Baldwin, Fahri Korutürk, Jascha Heifetz, and Lino Ventura. After him are Lee Marvin, Jacqueline du Pré, John Huston, Georg Wittig, Jacques Anquetil, and Jean Anouilh.

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In South Korea

Among people born in South Korea, Lee Byung-chul ranks 42 out of 1,128Before him are Dongmyeong of Goguryeo (-58), Yejong of Joseon (1450), Injong of Joseon (1515), Myeongjong of Joseon (1534), Hyejong of Goryeo (912), and Sung Jae-gi (1967). After him are Choi Kyu-hah (1919), Jang-geum (1550), Heonjong of Joseon (1827), Pak Hon-yong (1900), Royal Noble Consort Huibin Jang (1659), and Gim Yu-sin (595).


Among businesspeople born in South Korea, Lee Byung-chul ranks 2Before him are Sung Jae-gi (1967). After him are Lee Kun-hee (1942), Shin Kyuk-ho (1921), Choi Soon-sil (1956), and Lee Jae-yong (1969).