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|7th Feb 2006||Positive Work||Samsung to give $825m to charity|
|South Korea's largest firm, Samsung, is to donate more than $825m (£473m) to charity after scandals hit the company.
The company chairman, Lee Kun-Hee, who recently returned to South Korea after a five-month overseas trip, apologised for "wrongful" previous practices.
He left the country in September after allegations of illegal donations to politicians, of which he was cleared.
In 2005 a Seoul court gave suspended jail sentences to two Samsung executives, in a different scandal.
That case came after accusations that Mr Lee's children had been allowed to take over a Samsung business in a dubious manner.
Samsung said in a statement it regretted causing concern over issues such as the transfer of wealth within the family of chairman Lee Kun-Hee and the political "pay-off" furore.
"I have put all my energy into corporate management so far, but failed to pay enough attention to meeting expectations of the people," Mr Lee was quoted as saying in a statement.
Samsung said the donations will consist of a scholarship fund worth 450 billion won ($466m) and 350 billion won ($362m) in personal assets from Mr Lee's children.
It consists of profits his children made through the transfer of convertible bonds of unlisted Samsung Everland, an amusement park operator.
A Seoul court in October 2005 found two top executives at Everland guilty of conspiring in a deal to help the children buy at below-market prices a majority stake in the amusement park operator. Samsung has since appealed.
Samsung is a major global manufacturer of memory chips, semiconductors and consumer electronics.
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