Lee Yoon-hyung

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Lee Yoon-hyung
Image of Lee Yoon-hyung
Born (1979-04-26)April 26, 1979
South Korea
Died November 18, 2005(2005-11-18) (aged 26)
Astor Place, East Village, Manhattan, New York City, United States
Alma mater Ewha Womans University
NYU Steinhardt
Occupation Graduate student
  • Lee Jae-yong
  • Lee Boo-jin
  • Lee Seo-hyun
Korean name
Revised Romanization Lee Yun-hyeong
McCune–Reischauer Yi Yun-hyŏng

Lee Yoon-hyung (Korean: 이윤형 Lee Yun-hyeong?, Korean pronunciation: [ijunhjʌŋ]; April 26, 1979 – November 18, 2005) was a South Korean millionaire and daughter of Samsung Group chief Lee Kun-hee. She committed suicide by hanging herself in her Astor Place apartment in the East Village, Manhattan on November 18, 2005.[1]


Ms. Lee was a graduate of Ewha Woman's University in Seoul with a Bachelor of Arts degree in French language and French literature.[2] She was a first-year graduate student at the Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development at New York University enrolled in arts management.[1]

In 2003, it was revealed that she owned $191 million of Samsung stock.[1]


Her cause of death was originally reported in both American and South Korean newspapers as a car crash due to the social stigma against suicide, but the actual details were subsequently published after inquiries by reporters from The Korea Times.[1] At the time of her death, Ms. Lee was a graduate student at the New York University Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development, and her father was in the United States undergoing treatment for lung cancer.[3] A doorman at her building told reporters that she sometimes stayed in her apartment for a week at a time,[3] and there were reports that her father had forbidden her to marry her Korean boyfriend.[3] At the time of her death, Ms. Lee had a personal fortune of more than £100m ($157 million).[3]

She was survived by her parents, her older brother, Lee Jae-yong, and two older sisters, Lee Boo-jin and Lee Seo-hyun.[3] Her parents did not attend her funeral, which is customary in South Korea when the child did not marry.[3]

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