Entrepreneur, founder of Naver, gaming portal NHN Entertainment, and LINE messaging app
Date of birth: 1967
Place of birth: South Korea
Company: Naver Corp.
Position: owner of Naver Corp.
Everybody knows how LINE came to be: a powerful earthquake left an entire nation with no means of communication. The Internet was the only way of finding out whether your relatives and friends were okay. As a result, NHN Japan representatives, a branch of Naver, decided to create an alternative means of communication for the people of Japan.
Lee Hae-Jin was the brains behind the communication app. Initially, a small team of just 15 people began working on the app, including experts from South Korea, China, the US and Japan.
That is what led to the creation of the VoIP-based messaging app LINE in 2011. LINE gives you the freedom to share free messages, make video calls, exchange various media, stickers, play mobile games and order different services.
LINE evolved from a messaging application into a full-grown platform under Lee Hae-Jin’s command.