Kim Yu-na, Samsung Heir Named Koreans to Watch in 2014

Kim Yu-na (left) and Lee Jae-yong Kim Yu-na (left) and Lee Jae-yong

Figure skater Kim Yu-na and Samsung heir Lee Jae-yong are two South Koreans named among "People to Watch in Asia in 2014" by the Wall Street Journal.

Twenty-seven newsmakers for 2014 from Asia across all sectors including politics, business and sports were listed by the WSJ last week.

"[Korea's] reigning Olympic figure-skating champion and two-time world champion heads to the Sochi Olympics in good form," wrote the WSJ. "Despite taking an extended break following the 2010 Vancouver Olympics and injuring a foot late last year, she's hotly tipped for gold in what she says will be her last Olympic Games."

The WSJ predicted that Lee, who is the only son of the Samsung chairman Lee Kun-hee, “will be tasked with keeping Samsung on top in a brutally competitive field.”

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un is also on the list. Other political leaders are Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, Burmese opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi, and Thai Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra.

englishnews@chosun.com / Jan. 06, 2014 12:59 KST