The donation amounts to 1.6 billion won ($1.41 million) that Park received Friday in dividends at the shareholders meeting of Mirae Asset Global Investments, the asset manager arm of the group.
The entire amount will be delivered to a group-affiliated welfare foundation established in Park’s name and used to fund scholarship programs and other welfare schemes.
Including the latest amount, Park’s accumulated donations total 23.2 billion won over the past nine years, according to officials.
|Mirae Asset Financial Group Chairman Park Hyeon-joo. (Mirae Asset)|
“This is a unique case of noblesse oblige, as Park is the only business leader here to entirely donate his dividends for public deeds,” said an official.
The Mirae Asset Park Hyeon-joo Foundation, established in 2000 at Park’s own expense of 7.5 billion won, has so far supported 5,117 students in overseas exchange programs and 3,391 students in domestic scholarship programs.
By Bae Hyun-jung (email@example.com)