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SK head Chey to divorce ex-president's daughter: report

All Headlines 11:05 December 29, 2015

SEOUL, Dec. 29 (Yonhap) -- Chey Tae-won, who heads South Korea's No. 3 conglomerate SK Group, has expressed his intention to divorce his estranged wife, who is a daughter of a former president, a news report said Tuesday.

Chey married Roh Soh-yeong in 1988, the daughter of South Korea's general-turned-president Roh Tae-woo, who led the country from 1988 to 1993. She currently heads the Art Center Nabi in Seoul.

"Although we tried various efforts to normalize the relationship, the situation continued to get worse, only to reconfirm that we cannot be together," Chey told the vernacular daily Segye Times. "We have already agreed to go our separate ways."

Chey and Roh currently have two daughters, including Min-jung, who returned from a six-month-long anti-piracy mission in Somalia this month. She was commissioned as a naval officer in November 2014.

Chairman Chey had served a prison sentence since 2013 for embezzlement, but he was freed on Aug. 14 in a special presidential pardon marking Liberation Day.

He reportedly has been living with an unidentified woman since the release, with whom he has a six-year-old daughter.

"While we discussed the details of the divorce, I met a woman who gave me comfort. And we had a baby in the summer a few years ago," Chey also said.

The SK chief added he plans to settle the issue as soon as possible to focus his efforts on contributing to the national economy.

colin@yna.co.kr
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