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SEOUL, May 21 (Yonhap) -- Lee Kun-hee, the chairman of Samsung Electronics Co., the world's top supplier of smartphones and memory chips, was selected as the most "preferred" business tycoon by South Koreans, a poll showed Tuesday.

The telephone survey of 4,400 people released by Realmeter, a Seoul-based poll agency, found that 34.2 percent of respondents said Lee is the most favored head of local family-controlled conglomerates, known as chaebol.

Lee received the largest recognition from South Koreans aged 60 and above at 43.3 percent, followed by those in their 50s at 37.8 percent, the data also showed.

Hyundai Motor Group Chairman Chung Mong-koo ranked second at 11.4 percent, trailed by LG Group Chairman Koo Bon-moo with 9.7 percent and Chung Mong-joon, the largest shareholder of Hyundai Heavy Industries Group, with 7.6 percent.

Doosan Group Chairman Park Yong-man received 4.9 percent of the support, followed by Chey Tae-won, chairman of SK Group, with 3.4 percent and Huh Chang-soo, the head of GS Group, with 3 percent.

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