Kim Yo-jong

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Kim Yo-jong
Born (1987-09-26) 26 September 1987 (age 27)
Pyongyang, North Korea
Nationality North Korean
Korean name
Chosŏn'gŭl 김여정
Hancha 金與正
Revised Romanization Gim Yeojeong
McCune–Reischauer Kim Yŏjŏng
This is a Korean name; the family name is Kim.

Kim Yo-jong (born 26 September 1987)[1] is the younger sister of North Korea's leader Kim Jong-un and younger daughter of late leader Kim Jong-il.

Early life[edit]

Kim Yo-jong was born as the daughter of Kim Jong-il and his wife Ko Yong-hui on 26 September 1987.[1] She and Kim Jong-un studied together in Switzerland from 1996 to 2000, and she may have studied at the Kim Il-sung Military University after her return.[1]


She was first spotted at a photo session for participants at the 3rd Conference of the Workers' Party of Korea in September 2010, when she stood next to her father's personal secretary and alleged mistress Kim Ok.[2]

Kim Yo-jong was given much publicity during the funeral service for Kim Jong-il in December 2011, when she appeared several times alongside her brother Kim Jong-un or leading funeral processions of central officials, despite not even being a funeral committee member, and she was never named. She was then reportedly given a position under the National Defence Commission at the beginning of 2012 as tour manager for Kim Jong-un,[3] but has not appeared in news reports except for November 2012, when the Korean Central Television showed her accompanying Kim Jong-un at a military riding ground.[4] She was officially mentioned for the first time on 9 March 2014, as she accompanied her brother in voting for the Supreme People's Assembly. Kim Yo-jong was identified as a "senior official" of the WPK Central Committee.[5]

Sources indicate that Kim Jong-un may be grooming Kim Yo-jong to replace their aunt Kim Kyong-hui (with whom Kim Yo-jong is said to have a good relationship[2]) in her supporting role.[6]

In October 2014 she was reported to have possibly taken over state duties for her ailing brother while he underwent medical treatment.[7]

On Nov. 28, 2014 she was named vice director of the Workers Party's Propaganda and Agitation Department.[8]

In January 2015 she was reported to have married Choe Song,[9] the second son of government official Choe Ryong-hae [10] and she worked with Kim Eun-gyong since Kim Il-sung University [11][12]