North Korea’s GDP 18% less than South’s Five Richest Men

We’ve all seen the night view satellite map of the Korean peninsula (if you haven’t, it’s below) showing the brightly-lit southern half in sharp contrast to the north which is shrouded in near complete darkness.

One would imagine North Korean leader Kim Jong Un doesn’t keep a copy of that image on the wall in his office.

Well, here’s another nice little contrasting tid bit to get under the skin of the mighty Kim: The five richest men in South Korea are worth more than the entire gross domestic product of North Korea. A lot more.


This according to data compiled from the recently released Bloomberg Billionaires report that saw five South Korean businessmen ranked among the world’s 400 richest people.


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The five tycoons were Samsung Group chairman Lee Kun-hee (81st); AmorePacific chairman Suh Kyung-bae (139th); Samsung Electronics VP (and son of the chairman) Lee Jae-yong (179th); Hyundai Motor Group chairman Chung Mong-koo (309th); and SK Group chairman Chey Tae-won (367th.)

The combined wealth of the five men clocked in at $36.4 billion –a whopping 18.3 percent higher than North Korea’s 2014 GDP of $28.8 billion.


Sweet dreams, Mr. Kim.

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On the upside, it’s got to be one of the best places in the world for stargazing.

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