Kim Sung-ae

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This is a Korean name; the family name is Kim.
Kim Sung-ae
Born 1928
Alma mater none
Occupation former chairperson of the Central Committee of the Korean Women's Association
Political party Worker's party of Korea
Spouse(s) Kim Il-sung
Children Kim Kyong-jin (daughter)
Kim Pyong-il (son)
Kim Yong-il (son)[1]

kim jong-il(step son)

kim kyong-hui(stepchild)
Korean name
Chosŏn'gŭl 김성애
Hancha 金聖愛
Revised Romanization Gim Seong-ae
McCune–Reischauer Kim Sŏng-ae

Kim Sŏng-ae (born 1928) was the second wife of North Korean leader Kim Il-sung. They became husband and wife in 1952, following the death of Kim Il-sung's first wife in 1949, although due to the Korean War no formal ceremony was held. One source indicates Kim Il-sung had had an affair with her even before his first wife died. She gave birth to a daughter (Kim Kyong-jin, 1953) and two sons (Kim Pyong-il, 1955; Kim Yong-il, 1957). She later rose in political power, becoming vice-chairwoman of the Central Committee of the Korean Women's Association (조선여성총동맹) in the mid-1960s and chairwoman in the 1970s. She held that post until resigning in 1998; since that time, little information about her has reached the outside world.[2]

There are rumors that she was killed in a car accident in Beijing in June 2001.[2] Other reports claim she is still alive as of July 2011, though in poor health, and that Kim Pyong-il returned to Pyongyang from his posting in Poland to visit her.[3]


  1. ^ Not the same person as former premier Kim Yong-il
  2. ^ a b Lee Su-gyeong (이수경) (2006-05-02). "김부자 실체: 김정일의 계모 김성애". Radio Free Asia (Korean service). Retrieved 2007-05-20. [dead link]
  3. ^ "Kim Jong-il's Brother 'Under House Arrest in Pyongyang'", Chosun Ilbo, 2011-07-03, retrieved 2011-07-03