Li Jianxi(Korean:이건희Lee Kun hee (January 9, 1942 - October 25, 2020), a Korean entrepreneur and founder of Samsung, is the second president of SamSung group. He ranks 65th on Forbes' list of the world's richest people in 2019, with assets of $16.9 billion.
According to Wikipedia, Lee was a heavy smoker and underwent lung cancer surgery at Anderson Cancer Center in Texas in 1999 and later developed pulmonary edema.
In 2008, Li Jianxi announced his resignation as chairman of Samsung. On July 16 of the same year, Li Jianxi was sentenced to three years' imprisonment by the Seoul Central District Court for illegal transfer of business rights and tax evasion, with a five-year suspension of execution. On December 31, 2009, Lee was pardoned by South Korean President Lee Myung Bak for Helping South Korea bid for the 2018 Winter Olympic Games. In 2010, Li Jianxi returned to Samsung management.
On the evening of May 10, 2014, he was sent to the hospital for emergency treatment due to heart disease. He did not recover consciousness until January 2015 and was still in bed until 2016.
In 2017, according to a report by the U.S. Pengbo news agency, Li Jianxi ranked 45th in the world's rich list with a wealth of $18.5 billion due to the continuous record high stock price of Samsung Electronics.
On October 25, 2020, Li Jianxi died in a hospital in Seoul. He was 78 years old
Lee Kin hee, President of Samsung, died