From 1993 to 2009, MJ was the President of the Korea Football Association. Under his leadership, the KFA’s budget grew from USD 3 million to nearly USD 100 million. In 2002, the Korean team reached the semi-finals in the Korea-Japan World Cup.
An avid sportsman, MJ still plays football and basketball. He has won three silver medals in national equestrian jumping competitions as well as a prize in national alpine skiing championship.
MJ is the Chairman of the Asan Foundation, Korea’s largest philanthropic organization. In 2012, he founded the Asan Nanum (“sharing”) Foundation contributing USD 200 million towards a USD 600 million total endowment. The Asan Nanum Foundation is dedicated to fostering youth entrepreneurship and promoting job creation.
He served seven terms in the Korean National Assembly and was a Chairman of the Grand National Party (South Korea’s ruling party).
MJ received his B.A. in Economics from Seoul National University, M.S. from the Sloan School of MIT, and Ph.D. in International Relations from the School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) at Johns Hopkins University.