She is likewise the thirteenth most affluent person in South Korea and 974th in the listing of World Billionaires. In April 22, 2008, she stepped down from her place amid the seething public opinion but was reinstated to deal with the exhibit of the nation’s largest private art collection. Lee’s father, Hong Jin-ki, was the former chairman of Joong Ang Ilbo, a South Korean paper. Her brother, Hong Suk-yeon, is the current head of the said publication, which is among the country’s largest newspapers in circulation. Mrs. Lee is never involved with the management of Samsung Electronics. Yet, she’s active in running the museum and in her philanthropic works. Mrs. is best called a prolific art buyer.