Who is Lee Jung-jae’s girlfriend, Daesang heiress Lim Se-ryung? The 45-year-old businesswoman attended the Emmys with the Squid Game actor, studied at NYU, and was married to Samsung exec Lee Jae-yong

Lee Jung-jae, left, and Lim Se-ryung arrive at the 74th Primetime Emmy Awards on September 12, at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles. Photo: Invision/AP
Squid Game star Lee Jung-jae made history when he won the best actor in a drama series that was non-English during the 74th Primetime Emmy Awards on September 12.
While the veteran actor might have stolen the limelight with his win, his girlfriend Lim Se-ryung also caught the attention of the media when they appeared together on the red carpet.
Lee Jung-jae, left, and Lim Se-ryung arrive at the 74th Primetime Emmy Awards, on September 12, at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles. Photo: Invision/AP

From her educational background to her assets, we answer all your burning questions about the 45-year-old businesswoman who’s caught Lee’s heart.

She is the heiress of Daesang Group

Lim Se-ryung was born into one of South Korea’s most successful conglomerates. Photo: Daesang Group

Born with a silver spoon, Lim is the heiress to one of South Korea’s biggest conglomerates, Daesang Group. She is the eldest daughter of her family and began serving the company as a creative director in 2012, according to The Korea Times. Three years later, she was promoted to the role of executive director, and currently, she has been leading Daesang Group as vice-chairwoman since March 2021.

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She graduated as a psychology major from New York University

Lim Se-ryung has served as Daesang Group’s vice-chairwoman since 2021. Photo:

Getting into prestigious schools means a lot to South Koreans, and among the many universities, Seoul National University, Korea University and Yonsei University, are considered among the top 10, per Top Universities rankings.

Based on Korean media, Lim was accepted as a business major at Yonsei University, but she later dropped out of school after getting married to her now ex-husband. She continued her tertiary education at New York University where she completed her bachelor’s degree as a psychology major, per The Korea Times.

She is a divorcee with two children

Lee Jung-jae and Lim Se-ryung attend the 2018 LACMA Art + Film Gala honouring Catherine Opie and Guillermo del Toro presented by Gucci at LACMA in November 2018, in Los Angeles, California. Photo: Getty Images
Lim has had her fair share of ups and downs when it comes to relationships. She got married to her ex-husband, Samsung heir Lee Jae-yong, in 1998, whom she had two children with, and later filed for divorce in 2009. Insight Korea also reported that Lim requested for alimony of KRW$100 billion (around US$70 million) from Lee.

She’s dated Lee Jung-Jae for the past seven years

Lee Jung-jae and Lim Se-ryung have been dating for seven years. Photo: Getty Images

Everyone deserves a second chance at love, right? After the divorce, Lim gave it another shot and went official with Lee Jung-jae in 2015, as reported by The Korea Herald. Since then, she has appeared with Lee in public numerous times on red carpets, such as during the 10th Annual LACMA Art and Film Gala in 2021 and the most recent 74th Primetime Emmy Awards. Based on Sportskeeda, the two first met in 2005 through a mutual friend.

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Her stocks are worth at least US$18.7 million

Lim Se-ryung and Lee Jung-jae frequently attend red carpet events together as a couple. Photo: Getty Images

HITC reported that Daesang Group made sales revenues of US$2.5 billion in 2021 – easily making Lim a billionaire. According to Korean media, the stocks under her name in Daesang Group are worth around US$190 million, and she also bought an US$18 million building in Cheongdam, Seoul. Based on Automobile Korea, Lim owns a Range Rover and a Porsche ‒ the former for work and the latter for leisure ‒ that cost around US$150,000 and US$110,000 respectively.

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