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South Korean President Lee Myung-bak (shown here as a young accountant, working for Hyundai's office in Thailand in the early 1960s) overcame a poverty-stricken childhood to become a student activist, successful business executive and, ultimately, leader of his country. Courtesy of Lee Myung-bak hide caption

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From Crushing Poverty To South Korea's Presidency

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South Korean protesters shout slogans during a rally against a free trade agreement between South Korea and the United States near the U.S. Embassy in Seoul, South Korea, Oct. 11. Ahn Young-joon/AP hide caption

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South Korean President Faces Mounting Pressures

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