Lee, 59, started as an intern in 1975 in her father’s company, Dongyang Group, now known as Orion Confectionery. In 2001, she became company president. With her husband Dam Chul-Gon, the go-getter transformed Orion into South Korea’s top snack maker. These days, Lee, a movie buff, focuses on the group’s entertainment division, which she developed. One production, The Thieves, is one of Korea’s top-grossing movies.
Net worth:US$1.66 billion