MJ is an honorary vice president of FIFA.
From 1993 to 2009, he was the president of the Korea Football Association. Under his leadership, the KFA’s budget grew from USD 3 million to nearly USD 100 million. In the 2002 Korea-Japan World Cup, the Korean team reached the semi-finals.
An avid sportsman, MJ still plays football and basketball. He has won three silver medals in national equestrian jumping competitions as well as a prize in national alpine skiing championship.
MJ is the chairman of the Asan Foundation, Korea’s largest philanthropic organization. In 2012, he founded the Asan Nanum (“sharing”) Foundation contributing USD 200 million towards a USD 600 million total endowment. The Nanum Foundation is dedicated to fostering youth entrepreneurship and promoting job creation.
He served seven terms in the Korean National Assembly and was a chairman of the Grand National Party (Ruling Party).
MJ received his B.A. in economics from Seoul National University, an M.S. from the Sloan School of MIT, and a Ph.D. in international relations from the School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) at the Johns Hopkins University.