Family Feuds in South Korean Conglomerates Can Inspire Dramas

By Clifford Hwang

Over the past year, the heirs of Lotte, South Korea’s fifth-largest conglomerate, have been embroiled in a winner-takes-all battle for control of the company. When the elder heir was first kicked out of management, he enlisted the help of the chairman and other family members to regain power. Over the summer, the younger heir dethroned their father and, for now, has consolidated control of the conglomerate. Such stories are all too commonplace for South Korea’s family-run conglomerates, known as chaebol, and such problems may pose serious problems for the South Korean economy. The volatility created by family feuds and complex business structures can be alarming to investors, who are calling for better corporate governance. To learn more about the feud, read the full article online at the New York Times.