Ko Young-tae

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Ko Young-tae
Personal information
Born 1976 (age 41–42)
Sport Fencing
College team Korea National Sport University, Jeonnam Technical High School
Korean name
Hangul 고영태
Revised Romanization Go Yeong-tae
McCune–Reischauer Ko Yŏng-t'ae
Stage name
Hangul 고민우
Revised Romanization Go Min-u
McCune–Reischauer Ko Min-u

Ko Young-tae (born 1976) is a South Korean businessman and fencer. He competed in the individual and team sabre events at the 1998 Asian Games.[1]

Ko was a close friend of Choi Soon-sil. Ko is suspected of being involved in the management of The Blue K, Widec Sports, and paper companies. Choi set up these companies in Korea and Germany allegedly to funnel money from the foundations.[2][3][4]

He became one of the figures in the 2016 South Korean political scandal, and has been described as a whistleblower.[5][6][7] He disclosed a documentary showing that his neighbors tried to steal the money from the Mir and the Blue K Foundation by using Choi Soon Shin. As of February 2017, Ko Young-tae is missing.[citation needed]

See also


  1. ^ Kim, H. (18 December 1998). "이진택 '금 뛰어넘기'". The Dong-a Ilbo (in Korean). Seoul. Retrieved 28 October 2016. 
  2. ^ Kim, Bo-eun (28 October 2016). "Choi Soon-sil 'willing to face investigation'". The Korea Times. Seoul. Retrieved 28 October 2016. 
  3. ^ http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-38259068
  4. ^ http://www.koreatimes.co.kr/www/news/nation/2016/10/116_217091.html
  5. ^ "The 'toy-boy'-turned-whistle-blower: Ko Young Tae". The Straits Times. Retrieved 2017-03-21. 
  6. ^ "Park Geun-hye impeached: Did a puppy bring down South Korea's president?". BBC News. 2016-12-09. Retrieved 2017-03-21. 
  7. ^ Sang-hun, Choe (2016-12-09). "Key Figure in South Korean Leader's Troubles: A Puppy". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2017-03-21. 

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