BIOGRAPHY

  • 1915

    11·25

    Born in Asan-ri, Songjon-myeon, Tongcheon-gun, Gangwon-do

  • 1930

    03

    Graduated from Songjon Primary School

  • 1934

    Found employment at the Bok Heung Rice Store

  • 1938

    01

    Opened Kyeong Il Rice Store for business

  • 1939

    01

    Married Byun, Joong Seok

  • 1940

    03

    Established A-do Service, a joint-stock auto-repair company

  • 1946

    04

    Established Hyundai Auto Service

  • 1947

    05

    Established Hyundai Civil Works Company

  • 1950

    01

    Merged Hyundai Auto Service with Hyundai Civil Works Company to establish Hyundai Engineering & Construction
    Established Hyundai Engineering & Construction Company

  • 1950

    03

    Established Hyundai Transportation Company

  • 1953

    04

    Started the restoration works for Goryeong Bridge at Nakdong River (completed in May 1955)

  • 1957

    09

    Obtained an order to restore the Han River Footbridge, the single largest construction project since the Korean War

  • 1962

    07

    Started construction work on the Danyang Cement Plant

  • 1965

    09

    Advanced into the overseas construction market for the first time in Korea
    Obtained an order to construct the Pattani-Narathiwat Highway in Thailand

  • 1967

    04

    Started construction on the multipurpose dam in Soyang River (completed in December 1973)

  • 1967

    12

    Established Hyundai Motor Company

  • 1968

    02

    Commenced construction of the Gyeongbu Highway (later renamed: Gyeongbu Expressway)

  • 1969

    01

    Appointed as the chairman of the local social education supporters group in Korea

  • 1970

    01

    Established Hyundai Cement Co., Ltd.

  • 1970

    10

    Started construction of the Gori Nuclear Power Plants No. 1

  • 1971

    02

    Appointed as the President of Hyundai Group

  • 1971

    06

    Established Keumgang Development Company

  • 1972

    03

    Groundbreaking ceremony of Hyundai Ulsan Shipyard

  • 1973

    12

    Established Hyundai Heavy Industries Company

  • 1974

    02

    Established Hyundai Engineering
    Established Hyundai Motor Service

  • 1975

    04

    Established Hyundai Mipo Dockyard Co., Ltd.

  • 1976

    02

    Obtained an order to construct the Al-Jubayl Industrial Port in Saudi Arabia

  • 1976

    03

    Established the Asia Merchant Marine Company (the former Hyundai Merchant Marine Company)

  • 1976

    12

    Established Hyundai Corporation

  • 1977

    02

    Appointed as the chairman of the Federation of Korean Industries (FKI) (served 5 consecutive terms until 1987)
    Appointed as the chairman of the board of the Ulsan Technical High School

  • 1977

    07

    Established Asan Foundation, appointed as the chairman of the board
    Established Hyundai Precision Industry, Co., Ltd. (the former Hyundai Mobis)

  • 1978

    08

    Started reclamation work at Cheonsu Bay in Seosan

  • 1981

    05

    Appointed as the head of the Seoul Olympics Bidding Committee

  • 1982

    07

    Appointed the president of the Korean Olympic Committee

  • 1983

    02

    Established Hyundai Electronics Industries Co., Ltd.

  • 1983

    09

    Acquisition of Dongbang Marine & Fire Insurance (Formerly, Hyundai Marine & Fire Insurance Co., Ltd.)

  • 1984

    02

    Cofferdam work at Seosan reclamation project (attempted the so-called ‘Chung, Ju-yung engineering’ with an oil tanker)

  • 1986

    11

    Established Hyundai Development Company

  • 1987

    02

    Appointed as Honorary Chairman of the Hyundai Group
    Appointed as Honorary Chairman of the Federation of Korean Industries (FKI)

  • 1987

    09

    Appointed as Inaugural Chairman of the Sejong Institute

  • 1989

    07

    Appointed as the Chairman of the Korea-USSR Economic Association

  • 1992

    01

    Formed the United People’s Party

  • 1992

    03

    Elected as a member of the 14th National Assembly (Nationwide Proportional Seat)

  • 1992

    12

    Ran for presidency

  • 1998

    06

    Visited North Korea with 500 heads of cattle

  • 1998

    10

    Visited North Korea with 501 heads of cattle and met the leader Kim Jong-il

  • 1998

    12

    Acquisition of Kia Motors

  • 1999

    02

    Established Hyundai Asan Corporation

  • 2001

    03 · 21

    Passed away

Awards and Prizes

  • 1970

    11

    Bronze Tower of Industrial Service Merit

  • 1977

    10

    Commander of the Order of the British Empire

  • 1978

    09

    Bronze Tower of Industrial Service Merit

  • 1979

    06

    National Order of Merit of Republic Of Senegal

  • 1981

    04

    The Order of Civil Merit Dongbaeg Medal

  • 1982

    06

    Golden Plate Merit Of America

  • 1982

    07

    The Order of National Merit of Zaire

  • 1983

    09

    The Order of Brilliant Star of the Republic of China

  • 1985

    10

    The Order of Laurel Merit Of Luxembourg

  • 1988

    02

    The Order of Civil Merit of Mugunwha Medal

  • 1998

    02

    IOC Olympic Order

  • 1998

    03

    The Knight of the Royal Norwegian Order of Merit

  • 2000

    11

    Peace Prize of King Hussein of Jordan

  • 2001

    02

    The Order of Friendship of Russia

  • 2001

    05

    Manhae Grand Prize for Peace

  • 2008

    08

    DMZ Peace Prize

An Academic Degree

  • 1975

    05

    An honorary doctorate in engineering from Kyung Hee University

  • 1976

    10

    An honorary doctorate in economics administration from Chungnam National University

  • 1982

    05

    An honorary doctorate in economics administration from George Washington University, U.S.

  • 1985

    05

    An honorary doctorate in economics administration from Yonsei University

  • 1986

    05

    An honorary doctorate in literature from Ewha Womans University

  • 1990

    04

    An honorary doctorate in politics from Sogang University

  • 1995

    03

    An honorary doctorate in philosophy from Korea University

  • 1995

    05

    An honorary doctorate in humanities from Johns Hopkins University, U.S.

  • 2000

    02

    An honorary doctorate in science from Korea National Sport University