Ho-am prize rewards 6 for service
The currently bedridden Samsung chairman, Lee Kun-hee, established the Ho-am Awards in 1990 to honor the emphasis on corporate social responsibility promoted by his father, Samsung founder Lee Byung-chull, whose nickname was Hoam.
This year’s awardees are: Kim Myung-shik, professor at Imperial College London, in science; Oh Jun-ho, professor at the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology, in engineering; Larry W. Kwak, Friedman endowed professor at the City of Hope National Medical Center, in medicine; Hwang Tong-gyu, poet and professor emeritus at Seoul National University, in the arts; and Kim Hyun-soo and Cho Soon-sil, co-directors of Wahaha Community and a married couple, in community service.
The award, now in its 26th year, has been given to 133 people. Each awardee is given 300 million won ($250,000) in cash and a medal made of pure gold.
Samsung’s heir-apparent, Samsung Electronics Vice Chairman Lee Jae-yong, hosted the ceremony at the Ho-am Art Hall in central Seoul for the second year. At the end of the event, the awardees, their families and hundreds of Samsung employees watched a concert by world-renowned Korean classical musicians, including Cho Sung-jin, winner of the 2015 International Chopin Piano Competition.
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