Lee Hee-ho

First Lady of South Korea from 1998 to 2003
Lee in June 2010

Lee Hee-ho (Hangul: 이희호; Hanja: 李姬鎬; 21 September 1922 – 10 June 2019) was a South Korean women's rights and peace activist. She served as First Lady of South Korea from 1998 to 2003. She was married to the 8th President of South Korea, Kim Dae-jung from 1962 until his death in 2009. The couple had one son, and Lee was also the stepmother of Kim's two sons from his first marriage. She was born in Seoul during the Japanese occupation of Korea.

Lee died of liver cancer on 10 June 2019 in Seoul. She was 96.[1]


  1. "Lee Hee-ho, widow of ex-President Kim Dae-jung, dies at 97". The Korea Herald. 11 June 2019. Retrieved 10 June 2019.