Lee Yoon-hyung

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Lee Yoon-hyung
Image of Lee Yoon-hyung
Born 이윤형
(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
Nationality South Korean
Alma mater Ewha Womans University
NYU Steinhardt
Occupation Graduate student
Parent(s) Lee Kun-hee
Hong Ra-hee
Relatives Lee Jae-yong
Lee Boo-jin
Lee Seo-hyun
Korean name
Hanja 李尹馨
Revised Romanization I Yun-hyeong
McCune–Reischauer Yi Yun-hyŏng

Lee Yoon-hyung (Hangul이윤형 I 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]


On April 26 1979, Lee was born in South Korea. Her father is Samsung chairman Lee Kun-hee, and her mother is Hong Ra-hee. She is the youngest of the four children; she has an elder brother Lee Jae-yong and two elder sisters Lee Boo-jin and Lee Seo-hyun.

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]

In her spare time, she was very keen on car racing and many extreme sports. She also used to launch a personal blog to show her daily life to publicity, the website was very popular in South Korea.[3]


Her cause of death was originally reported in both American and South Korean media 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.[4] A doorman at her building told reporters that she sometimes stayed in her apartment for a week at a time,[4] and there were reports that her father had forbidden her to marry her middle-class Korean boyfriend.[4] At the time of her death, Ms. Lee had a personal fortune of more than £100m ($157 million).[4][5]

She was survived by her parents, her older brother, Lee Jae-yong, and two older sisters, Lee Boo-jin and Lee Seo-hyun.[4] Her parents did not attend her funeral.[4]

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