Daewoo: Exile Of The Patriarch

The company's founder is off to Vienna--but don't count him out

Armed with just $10,000, Kim Woo-Choong started the Daewoo group in the late 1960s by making cheap shirts for U.S. mass marketers. Partly thanks to his connections with South Korean governments, he was able to build Daewoo into a $57 billion industrial powerhouse, making autos, ships, electronics, and a wide array of other goods. The chain-smoking, silver-haired tycoon became a roving ambassador, circling the world in search of the next deal.

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