Samsung Electronics chairman hospitalized after suffering heart attack

Samsung Electronics chairman hospitalized after suffering heart attack
Samsung Electronics chairman Lee Kun-hee suffered a heart attack yesterday. The 72-year old Mr. Lee (pictured left) was treated in a Samsung Medical Center near his home and remains in stable condition, but hospitalized for an unknown period of time. In August 2013, the CEO was hospitalized with pneumonia, and the late 90's saw him fighting lung cancer. 

Aging and in poor health, at some point Mr. Lee will be succeeded by his son, Jay Y. Lee (pictured right), who has been groomed as heir apparent to the position and currently serves as vice chairman. He is 45 years old.

Lee Kun-hee took command of Samsung in 1987 after his father and founder of the company, Lee Byung-chul, died aged 77. Lee Kun-hee is credited with building Samsung Electronics into a global brand, but at this point the company is ran mostly by three co-CEOs whose decisions get a final approval by him. 

Jay Y. Lee is the international head of Samsung and is believed to have brokered deals with Apple and other global business leaders. It is said that Samsung has taken steps to help the younger Lee gain control of leadership, including a planned IPO of the company's IT services arm.

source: WSJ

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26 Comments

1. 0xFFFF

Posts: 3806; Member since: Apr 16, 2014

Sorry to hear this news. I hope Lee Kun-hee recovers soon.

2. Dude2014

Posts: 448; Member since: Feb 12, 2014

Got heart attacked by GS5's sales? :'(

9. MrJerry

Posts: 403; Member since: Oct 05, 2012

Get some respect dude

11. Dude2014

Posts: 448; Member since: Feb 12, 2014

OK sorry :/

15. sgodsell

Posts: 7451; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

Considering they sold 10 million S5's in 20 days.

21. refillable

Posts: 1071; Member since: Mar 10, 2014

That's what you'll expect from a cartoon lover.

17. deewinc

Posts: 455; Member since: Feb 21, 2013

You are joking on serious matters. Be kind.

3. DEATHSTROKE9

Posts: 399; Member since: Nov 09, 2013

He should have used the heart rate sensor to anticipate the heart attack lol

5. RaKithAPeiRiZ

Posts: 1488; Member since: Dec 29, 2011

burnnnnnn

12. NokiaFTW

Posts: 2072; Member since: Oct 24, 2012

Now that's rude bro, but funny. :P

19. walnuttt

Posts: 153; Member since: Apr 11, 2014

heart rate sensor can only measure your heart beat not your sickness st*pid, respect bcoz someone is sick. If that happens to you we cracked a heavy joke to you, what would you feel?

20. Reluctant_Human

Posts: 913; Member since: Jun 28, 2012

It actually would be very simple for a heart beat sensor to detect irregular heart beats and hence notify if someone is having a heart attack. Possibly auto dial an emergency service (ie 911) or send a notification to desired contacts for them to call back or check up on in case of false calls. Wish my programming skills weren't so rusty or i'd give it a try.

24. JunitoNH

Posts: 1946; Member since: Feb 15, 2012

He knows it is flawed; why use something proven unreliable. He won't have a need for band aids.

4. Duketytz

Posts: 534; Member since: Nov 28, 2013

Oh wow I love how he is treated at Samsung medical centre. Is there anything that samsung isn't making? I'm quite impressed by this empire!

7. RaKithAPeiRiZ

Posts: 1488; Member since: Dec 29, 2011

his S-Health will be ok in no time

8. maherk

Posts: 6961; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

Exactly my same reaction

10. hurrycanger

Posts: 1765; Member since: Dec 01, 2013

and same here...

18. deewinc

Posts: 455; Member since: Feb 21, 2013

Frying pans may be?

6. NokiaFTW

Posts: 2072; Member since: Oct 24, 2012

Hope he recovers and gets well soon.

13. fireblade

Posts: 717; Member since: Dec 27, 2013

no comment

14. rockers123

Posts: 137; Member since: Sep 08, 2013

He is the chairman of Parent Samsung not Samsung electronics.

16. mrblah

Posts: 577; Member since: Jan 22, 2013

He tried a 5S and was so blow away by how awesome and easy it is.

22. refillable

Posts: 1071; Member since: Mar 10, 2014

And NOT a single respect by you to this guy was given...?

23. darkkjedii

Posts: 31313; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Get well soon sir, do the best you can to protect your heart health. Speedy recovery to you.

25. roscuthiii

Posts: 2383; Member since: Jul 18, 2010

Is that a recent picture of Lee Kun-hee? If so... dude's looking pretty good for 72. Best wishes towards a speedy recovery.

26. mariow2015

Posts: 49; Member since: Jan 08, 2014

God speed, Mr. Lee! Hope for a fast recovery.

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