Kim Yoon-ok

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This is a Korean name; the family name is Kim.
Kim Yoon-ok
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Kim in 2009
First Lady of South Korea
In office
25 February 2008 – 25 February 2013
President Lee Myung-bak
Preceded by Kwon Yang-sook
Succeeded by Vacant
Personal details
Born (1947-03-26) March 26, 1947 (age 68)
Jinju, Gyeongsangnam-do, South Korea
Spouse(s) Lee Myung-bak
Relations Lee Sang-deuk (brother-in-law)
Children Lee Ju-yeon (b. 1971)
Lee Seung-yeon (b. 1973)
Lee Su-yeon (b. 1975)
Lee Shi-hyeong (b. 1978)
Alma mater Ewha Womans University
Occupation [[]]
Religion Presbyterianism[citation needed]
Kim Yoon-ok
Hangul 김윤옥
Revised Romanization Gim Yun-ok
McCune–Reischauer Kim Yun'ok

Kim Yoon-ok (Hangul김윤옥; hanja金潤玉; born March 26, 1947) is the former First Lady of the Republic of Korea.[1]

Early life and career[edit]

Kim graduated from Daegu Girls' High School in 1966 and went on to attend Ewha Womans University, where she graduated in 1970 with a Bachelor of Arts in Health Education and Management. She married Lee Myung-bak on December 19, 1970, with whom she has a son and three daughters. Her family runs a construction company in Daegu.[2]

The family lived in Gahoedong prior to President Lee's inauguration.[3]

In 1995, she completed the 1st Advanced Leadership Program for Women at her alma mater. In 1996, she completed the 7th Women's Top Management Program at Yonsei University. In 2001, she completed the Leadership Program of the Women's Academy at Sookmyung Women's University.[4]

In 2011, she became the President of the Alumni Association of the Women's Top Management Program at Yonsei University.[5]


Familial corruption[edit]

  • A female relative of the First Lady Kim Yoon-ok, Kim Ok-hui (김옥희), was involved in extorting money in 2008.[6]
  • A male relative of Kim Yoon-ok was involved with a lobbyist affiliated with the Jeil Savings Bank.[7] He was later indicted.[8]


Honorary titles
Preceded by
Kwon Yang-sook
First Lady of South Korea
Succeeded by