Chung Mong-hun

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Chung Mong-hun
정몽헌
Born(1948-09-14)September 14, 1948
DiedAugust 4, 2003(2003-08-04) (aged 54)
Hyundai office, Seoul
Cause of deathSuicide by jumping
NationalitySouth Korean
Occupation
  • Entrepreneur
  • businessman
Parent(s)
Korean name
Hangul
Hanja
Revised RomanizationJeong Mong-heon
McCune–ReischauerChŏng Monghŏn

Chung Mong-hun (September 14, 1948 – August 4, 2003) was the 5th son of Chung Ju-yung, the founder of the South Korean Hyundai conglomerate. After the death of his father, he took over part of his father's role and became the chairman of Hyundai Asan, the company in charge of various business ventures between North and South Korea. He committed suicide in 2003.

Professional career[edit]

Chung Mong-hun joined Hyundai Heavy Industries in 1975, becoming president of the company's shipping interests by 1981. His father, Hyundai Group founder Chung Ju-yung, was impressed by his management style and put him in charge of the company's electronics division in 1982.[1]

In 1997, Chung Ju-yung appointed Mong-hun as the group's co-chairman. In 2000, after Ju-yung's eldest son, Mong-koo, attempted to oust Mong-hun, Ju-yung made Mong-hun the group's sole chairman. Later that year, Ju-yung announced that he and his sons would resign from all management positions at Hyundai companies, except Mong-hun would remain the chair of Hyundai Asan. However, Mong-koo remained the chairman of Hyundai Motors and Kia Motors.[2]

Chung Mong-hun was appointed by his father, who was born in Japan-controlled North Korea, to handle Hyundai business with the government of North Korea. He took pride in this position, and reportedly decorated his office with photographs of Hyundai officials meeting with Kim Jong Il in Pyongyang, as well as photos of himself showing Kim around a North Korean resort that Hyundai operated.[3]

Scandal and suicide[edit]

In June 2003, Chung was indicted for his role in the "cash-for-summit scandal" on charges of doctoring company books to hide the secret money transfers of millions of dollars by the Kim Dae-jung administration to North Korea to set up the 2000 inter-Korean summit. Facing up to three years in prison after he was forced to testify in court about the money transfer days earlier, he committed suicide on August 4, 2003 by leaping from his 12th floor office.[4]

Family[edit]

Family of Chung Mong-hun
Han Seong-sil
한성실
?
Chung Bong-sik
정봉식
?
 
YungByun Joong-seok [ko]
변중석
1921–2007
Chung Ju-yung
정주영
1915–2001
Kim Kyung-hee
김경희
1953–
Park Byeong-im
박병임
1928–2015
Chung Soon-yung [ko]
정순영
1922–2005
Park Young-ja
박영자
1936–
Chung Se-yung [ko]
정세영
1928–2005
Jo Eun-ju
조은주
1936–
Chung Sang-yung [ko]
정상영
1936–2021
(영)
[a]Kim Wol-gye
김월계
1923–2003
Chung In-yung [ko]
정인영
1920–2006
Chung Hee-yung
정희영
1925–2015
Kim Young-joo
김영주
1920–2010
Jang Jeong-ja
장정자
1935–
Chung Shin-yung
정신영
1931–62
 
 
 Chung Mong-pil [ko][b]
정몽필
1934–82
Chung Chung-in (Grace)
정정인
1979–
Chung Chung-im (Elizabeth)
정정임
1981–
Chung Hyeong-suk
정형숙
1951–74
Chung Moon-sook
정문숙
1947–
Kim Yun-su
김윤수
1946–
Chung Sook-young[c]
정숙영
1960–
Chung Il-kyung
정일경
1960–
Chung Mong-hyuk
정몽혁
1961–
 
MongChung Mong-koo[d]
정몽구
1938–
Chung Mong-woo [ko][e]
정몽우
1945–90
Chung Mong-yoon [ko][f]
정몽윤
1955–
Chung Mong-guk[g]
정몽국
1953–
Chung Mong-sun
정몽선
1954–
Kim Geun-su
김근수
1948–
Chung Mong-jin
정몽진
1960–
Chung Mong-yeol
정몽열
1964–
(몽)
[h]Chung Mong-kun [ko][i]
정몽근
1942–
Chung Mong-hun[j]
정몽헌
1948–2003
Chung Mong-il [ko][k]
정몽일
1959–
Chung Mong-won[l]
정몽원
1955–
Chung Mong-hoon
정몽훈
1959–
Chung Chung-suk
정정숙
1962–
Chung Mong-ik
정몽익
1962–
 
 Chung Kyung-hee[m]
정경희
1944–
Chung Mong-joon[n]
정몽준
1951–
Chung Mong-seok
정몽석
1958–
Chung Mong-yong
정몽용
1961–
Chung Mong-gyu[o]
정몽규
1962–
Chung Yoo-kyung
정유경
1970–
 
 
 
 
 Chung Ji-yi
정지이
1977–
Chung Young-yi
정영이
1984–
Chung Young-seon
정영선
1985–
Chung Hyeon-seon
정현선
1989–
Chung Mun-yi
정문이
1991–
 
 Chung Il-seon [ko]
정일선
1970–
Chung Moon-seon
정문선
1974–
Chung Dae-seon [ko][p]
정대선
1977–
Chung Chung-yi
정정이
1984–
Chung Kyung-seon
정경선
1986–
Seon
(선)Chung Ji-seon [ko]
정지선
1972–
Chung Gyo-seon
정교선
1974–
Chung Ki-seon [ko]
정기선
1982–
Chung Nam-yi
정남이
1983–
Chung Seon-yi
정선이
1986–
Chung Ye-seon
정예선
1996–
[q]
 Chung Seong-yi
정성이
1962–
Chung Myeong-yi
정명이
1964–
Chung Yoon-yi
정윤이
1968–
Chung Eui-seon
정의선
1970–
 
 Chung Eun-hee
정은희
1971–
Chung Yu-hee
정유희
1973–
 
Notes
In general: marriages indicated by dashed lines, female on the left.
  1. ^ Given name terminates in -yung (영) for males and females in this generation
  2. ^ Married to Lee Yang-ja (이양자; 1943–90)
  3. ^ Married to Prof. Noh Kyung-soo [ko] (노경수; 1954–)
  4. ^ Married to Lee Jung-hwa (이정화; 1939–2009)
  5. ^ Married to Lee Haeng-ja (이행자; 1945–)
  6. ^ Married to Kim Hye-young (김혜영; 1961–)
  7. ^ Married to Lee Yoon-hee (이윤희; 1954–)
  8. ^ Given name starts with Mong- (몽) for males in this generation. Female given names often start with Chung- (정), but not always.
  9. ^ Married to Woo Kyung-sook (우경숙; 1951–)
  10. ^ Married to Hyun Jeong-eun [ko] (현정은; 1955–)
  11. ^ Married to Kwon Jun-hee (권준희; 1961–)
  12. ^ Married to Hong In-hwa (홍인화; 1957–)
  13. ^ Married to Jung Hee-young (정희영; 1940–)
  14. ^ Married to Kim Young-myeong (김영명; 1956–)
  15. ^ Married to Kim Na-young (김나영)
  16. ^ Married to news anchor Noh Hyeon-jeong [ko] (노현정, 1979–)
  17. ^ Given name terminates in -seon (선) for males in this generation. Female given names usually terminate in -yi (이), but not always.
Sources
  • 김봄내 (May 15, 2015). "[재벌가족사]정주영 현대그룹 창업주" [Chaebol Family History: Chung Ju-yung, founder of Hyundai Group]. KJtimes (in Korean).
  • 김태현 (March 23, 2015). "[단독보도] 정주영 막내딸 미국서 엄마 없이 결혼" [Exclusive: Chung Ju-yung's youngest daughter gets married without her mother in the United States]. 일요신문 (in Korean).
  • "Family Drama". Forbes. April 26, 2011.


References[edit]

  1. ^ "Chung Mong Hun". The Telegraph. Telegraph Media Group. 19 August 2003. Retrieved 30 October 2019.
  2. ^ Nakarmi, Laxmi (June 16, 2000). "Of Father and Sons". Asiaweek. Vol. 29, no. 23.
  3. ^ Brooke, James (4 August 2003). "Indicted Hyundai Executive Plunges to Death in Seoul". The New York Times. Retrieved 30 October 2019.
  4. ^ Brooke, James (August 4, 2003). "Indicted Hyundai Executive Plunges to Death in Seoul". The New York Times. Retrieved August 6, 2009.