Lee Soo-man is a South Korean record executive and record producer. He is best known as the founder of the S.M. Entertainment, a prominent South Korean entertainment company. He is also called the 'President of Culture', as he was a pioneer of the Hallyu Wave. Lee Soo-man made his debut as a singer in 1972, when he was a student at Seoul National University. He founded S.M. Entertainment in 1989, which is now the largest management and record label in South Korea.
Lee was born in Seoul, South Korea on 18 June 1952, and attended Seoul National University between 1971 and 1979. He debuted as a singer in South Korea in 1972, releasing songs such as "Happiness" and "One piece of dream". Besides singing, he also worked as a DJ and TV host.
In 1980, he formed the band 이수만과 365일 (Lee Soo Man and 365 days). However, media censorship policies under the Chun Doo-hwan government discouraged him from a career in the Korean music industry.
In the early 1980s, Lee decided to leave the entertainment world in order pursue a career in computer engineering. He moved to California to wo...