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|LG Group's chairman Koo Bon-moo has died at the age of 73, company officials say AFP/PARK JI-HWAN|
Koo Bon-moo is credited with expanding the business empire - centred around consumer electronics, displays and chemicals - founded by his grandfather in 1947.
During Koo's more than 20 years as top executive, sales increased dramatically, with LG Group posting 160 trillion won (US$148 billion) in sales last year, up from around 30 trillion won in 1994.
The entrepreneur was hospitalised last week after earlier undergoing brain surgery, but rejected life-prolonging treatments, Yonhap news agency cited company officials as saying.
Koo reportedly requested his adopted son, Koo Kwang-mo, succeed him to lead the family-controlled conglomerate.
The 40-year-old is the eldest son of Koo's younger brother but was adopted by the entrepreneur in 2004 after he lost his own son in a car accident in the 1990s.