Samsung Heirs Stage a Korean Soap Opera

Lee Kun-hee, the chairman of the largest South Korean business conglomerate, Samsung, and the country’s richest man, is not known for being talkative. Partly because of his reticence, what few public remarks he makes are studied by his reverential employees with the same zeal that devout Christians might apply when parsing biblical quotations.

These days, however, Mr. Lee, 70 – perhaps the country’s most exalted business leader – is displaying a wholly different side, allowing himself to be caught up in a spectacular, all-too-public squabble with his elder brother and a sister

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