Samsung Chairman suffers heart attack

|About: Samsung Electronics Co., ... (SSNLF)|By:, SA News Editor

Samsung Electronics (SSNLF) Chairman Lee Kun Hee has had a heart attack but is in a stable condition in hospital after receiving surgery for an acute myocardial infarction.

Since becoming chairman of Samsung in 1987, Lee has turned the company into the world' largest maker of smartphones, televisions and memory chips, with shares soaring 137-fold.

Lee also heads Samsung Group, which has over 74 affiliated companies, including the electronics firm.

The heart attack has prompted the issue of succession to be raised. A frontrunner to take over from Lee, who is 72, is his son Jae Yong, who was appointed Vice Chairman of Samsung Electronics in 2012.