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Kim Jong-un is the current Supreme Leader of North Korea, a position inherited from his father Kim Jong-il

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BirthdayJanuary 8, 1983
NationalityNorth Korean
FamousSupreme Leader of North Korea, Leaders, Dictators
HobbiesPlaying Basketball, Watching action movies
Nick namesYoung master, Young General, Great Successor, Outstanding Leader, Lil Kim, Brilliant Comrade, 영명한 동지, Yŏngmyŏng-han Tongji
SpousesRi Sol-ju
SiblingsKim Yo-jong
Childrens Kim Ju-ae
Universities
  • 2007 - Kim Il-sung University
  • Kim Il-sung Military University
Birth PlacePyongyang
Political IdeologyPolitical party - Korean Workers'
ReligionAtheism
Height170cm
GenderMale
FatherKim Jong-il
MotherKo Yong-hui
Net Worth$5 billion
Sun SignCapricorn
Born inPyongyang
Famous asSupreme Leader of North Korea

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Who is Kim Jong-un?

Kim Jong-un is the current Supreme Leader of North Korea, a position he inherited from his father Kim Jong-il. Presently, he is the world’s youngest serving state leader and is the first North Korean supreme leader to have been born after the nation was founded. Kim Jong-un became the Supreme Leader of the ‘hermit kingdom’, soon after his father’s death in 2011, thereby overtaking his father, Kim Jong-il’s responsibilities and duties. He is known to be an absolute dictator and is ruthless in his behavior. Since gaining power he has eliminated several top leaders whom he considered a threat to his position. He gained recognition for portraying an open approach towards the public, giving media appearances, interacting with workers and soldiers and adopting a Westernized lifestyle compared to the traditional approach that prevailed during his father’s reign. However, this North Korean dictator hasn’t been successful in overcoming the challenges his father faced during his rule, including dire poverty, ruined economy and international tensions with America and South Korea

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Childhood & Early Life

Kim Jong-un was born on January 8, 1983 in Pyongyang, as the youngest son of Kim Jong-il—who later on became the First Supreme Leader of North Korea—and his wife, Ko Yong-hui, an opera singer. Kim Jong-un’s grandfather, Kim Il-sung, is considered to be the founding father of North Korea.

He is believed to have attended the English-language International School in Gumligen, near Bern, during 1993–98, after which he went to Liebefeld Steinholzli School, Koniz, from 1998–2000.

He studied at Kim II-Sung University (named after his grandfather), an officer-training college in Pyongyang, from 2002 to 2007.

Career

Kim Jong-un was temperamentally similar to his father Kim Jong-il and hence Kim Jong-il favored him over his elder brother Kim Jong-chul. He began taking Kim Jong-un on military inspections to familiarize him with the state affairs.

In 2009, there was news in the media about him being groomed by his father as his heir apparent and soon thereafter he was appointed at a mid-level position in National Defense Commission (NDC), the country’s highest office.

From mid-2009, he was being referred to as ‘Yongmyong-han Tongji’ meaning ‘Brilliant Comrade’ throughout North Korea, after which he was also made head of State Security Department.

Even though he had no military experience, he was made a four-star general in 2010, followed by his appointment as the vice-chairman Central Military Commission and his entry into the Central Committee of the Workers’ Party.

After Kim Jong-il’s death on 17 December 2011, Kim Jong-un was formally appointed as the Supreme Commander of the Korean People's Army on 30 December 2011.

In March 2012, he was appointed as the First Secretary of the Korean Workers’ Party, with his late father becoming ‘Eternal General Secretary’. He took over his father’s responsibilities, as a member of Politburo Presidium and the First Chairman of Central Military Commission,

In April 2012, he was elected as the chairman of the National Defense Commission at the 12th Supreme People’s Assembly.

He overthrew Chief of General Staff Ri Yong-ho — who groomed him and helped him consolidate power after the death of his father — and assumed the title ‘wonsu’ or ‘marshal’, thereby taking complete control of both political and military power.

Under his rule, North Korea allegedly conducted a nuclear test. This was mainly done to project him as a powerful leader in the eyes of his people.

He broke the reticent approach followed by his father, when he delivered his first New Year’s address in 2013, thus bringing back his grandfather’s pleasing style.

In 2014, he was elected unopposed to the Supreme People’s Assembly.

Personal Life & Legacy

Kim Jong-un is said to have wed former cheerleader and singer, Ri Sol Ju, in in 2009 after his father suffered a heart stroke. The couple has a daughter, Ju-ae, born in 2012.

Ever since the marriage was uncovered, Ri Sol Ju has made frequent public appearances, thus breaking previous protocols set by Kim’s father, where women were confined offstage.

Trivia

Kim Jong-un didn’t excel in studies, rather showed an interest in sports, particularly basketball and admired the basketball legend, Michael Jordan.

This North Korean tyrant is more popular as a womanizer with at least four mistresses, even though he is officially married just once.

In 2013, he was ranked at #46 on the Forbes’ list of ‘The World’s Most Powerful People’.

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Kim Jong-un biography timelines

  • // 8th Jan 1983
    Kim Jong-un was born on January 8, 1983 in Pyongyang, as the youngest son of Kim Jong-il—who later on became the First Supreme Leader of North Korea—and his wife, Ko Yong-hui, an opera singer. Kim Jong-un’s grandfather, Kim Il-sung, is considered to be the founding father of North Korea.
  • // 1993 To 2000
    He is believed to have attended the English-language International School in Gumligen, near Bern, during 1993–98, after which he went to Liebefeld Steinholzli School, Koniz, from 1998–2000.
  • // 2002 To 2007
    He studied at Kim II-Sung University (named after his grandfather), an officer-training college in Pyongyang, from 2002 to 2007.
  • // 2009
    In 2009, there was news in the media about him being groomed by his father as his heir apparent and soon thereafter he was appointed at a mid-level position in National Defense Commission (NDC), the country’s highest office.
  • // 2009
    From mid-2009, he was being referred to as ‘Yongmyong-han Tongji’ meaning ‘Brilliant Comrade’ throughout North Korea, after which he was also made head of State Security Department.
  • // 2009 To 2012
    Kim Jong-un is said to have wed former cheerleader and singer, Ri Sol Ju, in in 2009 after his father suffered a heart stroke. The couple has a daughter, Ju-ae, born in 2012.
  • // 2010
    Even though he had no military experience, he was made a four-star general in 2010, followed by his appointment as the vice-chairman Central Military Commission and his entry into the Central Committee of the Workers’ Party.
  • // 30th Dec 2011
    After Kim Jong-il’s death on 17 December 2011, Kim Jong-un was formally appointed as the Supreme Commander of the Korean People's Army on 30 December 2011.
  • // Mar 2012
    In March 2012, he was appointed as the First Secretary of the Korean Workers’ Party, with his late father becoming ‘Eternal General Secretary’. He took over his father’s responsibilities, as a member of Politburo Presidium and the First Chairman of Central Military Commission,
  • // Apr 2012
    In April 2012, he was elected as the chairman of the National Defense Commission at the 12th Supreme People’s Assembly.
  • // 2013
    He broke the reticent approach followed by his father, when he delivered his first New Year’s address in 2013, thus bringing back his grandfather’s pleasing style.
  • // 2013
    In 2013, he was ranked at #46 on the Forbes’ list of ‘The World’s Most Powerful People’.
  • // 2014
    In 2014, he was elected unopposed to the Supreme People’s Assembly.

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Kim Jong-un's FAQ

  • What is Kim Jong-un birthday?

    Kim Jong-un was born at 1983-01-08

  • Where is Kim Jong-un's birth place?

    Kim Jong-un was born in Pyongyang

  • What is Kim Jong-un nationalities?

    Kim Jong-un's nationalities is North Korean

  • What is Kim Jong-un hobbies?

    Kim Jong-un's hobbies is Playing Basketball,Watching action movies

  • What is Kim Jong-un nick names?

    Kim Jong-un's nickNames is Young master, Young General, Great Successor, Outstanding Leader, Lil Kim, Brilliant Comrade, 영명한 동지, Yŏngmyŏng-han Tongji

  • Who is Kim Jong-un spouses?

    Kim Jong-un's spouses is Ri Sol-ju

  • Who is Kim Jong-un siblings?

    Kim Jong-un's siblings is Kim Yo-jong

  • Who is Kim Jong-un childrens?

    Kim Jong-un's childrens is Kim Ju-ae

  • What was Kim Jong-un universities?

    Kim Jong-un studied at 2007 - Kim Il-sung University, Kim Il-sung Military University

  • What is Kim Jong-un's political ideology?

    Kim Jong-un's political ideology is Political party - Korean Workers'

  • What is Kim Jong-un's religion?

    Kim Jong-un's religion is Atheism

  • How tall is Kim Jong-un?

    Kim Jong-un's height is 170

  • Who is Kim Jong-un's father?

    Kim Jong-un's father is Kim Jong-il

  • Who is Kim Jong-un's mother?

    Kim Jong-un's mother is Ko Yong-hui

  • What is Kim Jong-un's sun sign?

    Kim Jong-un is Capricorn

  • How famous is Kim Jong-un?

    Kim Jong-un is famouse as Supreme Leader of North Korea