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.