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Hyundai's dynamic boss shattered the glass ceiling when she succeeded her husband at the South Korean conglomerate. Now she's helping to open up the even more chauvinist North

By Oliver August   September 2008

On 3rd October 2007, North and South Korea held what was only their second summit meeting since splitting up in war almost 60 years ago. The most important person in attendance, the one who brought the two sides together, was neither the host Kim Jong-il—Pyongyang’s Stalin—nor Roh Moo-hyun, his democratically elected counterpart from Seoul. Instead, attention was focused on a 52-year-old South Korean woman dressed, as usual, in black and described to me by some people there as a “housewife.” Basking in her triumph during a break in the talks, she stood by the edge of the Taedong river, surrounded…

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