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Samsung’s Lee Kun-hee resting after heart attack


Lee Kun-hee, chairman of Samsung Electronics Co, arrives for a company meeting in Seoul, South Korea, on Jan. 2 last year.

Photo: Bloomberg

The head of South Korea’s largest business conglomerate, Samsung Group, yesterday underwent an emergency operation after developing symptoms of heart failure, hospital officials said.

Lee Kun-hee, 72, was admitted to a hospital in Seoul on Saturday night for a respiratory problem.

He received treatment for heart failure before being moved yesterday to Samsung Medical Center, where he was diagnosed with an “acute cardiac infarction,” the hospital said in a statement.

“He is now recuperating in a stable condition after undergoing an operation,” it said.

Lee is South Korea’s richest man, with a net worth of about US$10.8 billion, Forbes estimated.

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