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|Born||18 June 1952|
|Education||M.A. in Computer Engineering|
|Alma mater||California State University,
Seoul National University
|Occupation||Founder of S.M. Entertainment|
|Net worth||US$168 million (2013)|
Kim Eun-jin (wife)
Lee Hyeon-gyu (son)Sunny (niece)
|Revised Romanization||I Su-man|
Lee Soo-man is a South Korean musician, MC, and the founder and producer of Korea's largest entertainment company S.M. Entertainment  He is also called the 'President of Culture', as he was the pioneer of the Hallyu Wave. Lee Soo-Man made his debut as a singer in 1972, when he was a student at Seoul National University. He founded S.M. Entertainment in 1989, which is now the largest management and record label in South Korea.
1952–1980: Early years and singing career
Lee was born in Seoul, South Korea on 18 June 1952, and attended Seoul National University between 1971 and 1979. He debuted as a singer in South Korea in 1972, releasing songs such as "Happiness" and "One piece of dream". Besides singing, he also worked as a DJ and TV host.
In 1980, he formed the band 이수만과 365일 (Lee Soo Man and 365 days). However, media censorship policies under the Chun Doo-hwan government discouraged him from a career in the Korean music industry.
1980–1985: Studying in US
In the early 1980s, Lee decided to pursue a career in engineering, and moved to California to work on a masters degree at California State University, Northridge, where he witnessed the rise of "superstars of the MTV generation" such as Michael Jackson. Thus in 1985, he returned to Korea "with a vision of what the Korean music industry could be."
1985–present: Entertainment Producer
Following his return to Korea, Lee continued to work as a DJ and presenter. His return was a success, as he was successful in his music, MC, and radio DJ career, and also went on to pursuing a career and gaining success in the restaurant business
- Lee Soo-man, 1977
- Lee Soo-man, 1978
- 애창곡집, 1978
- Greatest, 1980
- Lee Soo-man, 1983
- Lee Soo-man, 1985
- 끝이 없는 순간, 1986
- NEW AGE 2, January 1989
- NEW AGE, November 1989
- 1997 SBS Seoul Music Award for Best Record Producer
- SBS Seoul Music Award for Most Popular Song Producer
- 1998 SBS Seoul Music Award for "Best Record Producer"
- 2000 Good Deed Artist Prime Minister Commendation Award
- 2004 SBS Producer of the Year
- 2005 Certificate of Merit as Honorary Ambassador of LA given by the Mayor of LA
- China's South-East Music Chart Awards:Best Overseas Producer
- 2008 Mnet Golden Disk Awardfor Record Producer of the Year
- 2009 Château Mouton Rothschild: Commanderie de Bontemps
- 2011 Seoul Cultural Arts Awards for Pop Music Producer's Award
- The 2nd Korean Popular Culture and Arts Awards The Orders of Cultural Merit (the highest honor awarded at the Korean Popular Culture and Arts Awards)
- 1st Korean Music Copyright Awards: Album Producer
- 2012 1st Gaon Chart K-Pop Awards Kpop Contribution Award
- The Korea Society 55th Anniversary Gala: Dinner Culture Award Honoree
- 2016 16th Top Chinese Music Award
- "Lee Soo Man: Taking Korean Pop Culture Global". Stanford Graduate School of Business. Retrieved 2016-04-18.
- "KPOP NEWS - SM’s Lee Soo Man Speaks at Seoul Natl. University as Alumni Speaker | Mwave". mwave.interest.me. Retrieved 2016-04-18.
- [http:// editorial/history-k-pop-chapter-4-how-lee-soo-mans-first-big-fail-resulted-koreas-modern-pop-star "The History of K-pop, Chapter 4: How Lee Soo Man's First Big Fail Resulted in Korea's Modern Pop Star System | MoonROK"] Check
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- Asia, Forbes. "Korea's S.M. Entertainment: The Company That Created K-Pop". Forbes. Retrieved 2016-04-18.
- "Lee Soo Man's (Former SM CEO) wife dies of cancer" (in Korean). Seoul: newsdaily.co.kr. 5 October 2014.
- "SM Entertainment's Lee Soo Man's wife passes away | allkpop.com". www.allkpop.com. Retrieved 2016-04-18.
- "SM Entertainment Founder Lee Soo Man's Wife Passes Away After 2-Year Battle With Cancer". KpopStarz. 2014-10-05. Retrieved 2016-04-18.
- S.M. Entertainment – Official website