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CEO of Coupang, Korea's Version of Amazon

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 Bom Kim Biography

Dropping out of Harvard Business School after six months and folding his first company didn’t stop Bom Kim, 40, from going on to become South Korea’s second-youngest billionaire. That was through founding Coupang, Korea’s answer to Amazon. Starting as a Groupon-esque daily-deals business (and, curiously, Korea’s top diaper retailer), Coupang has ballooned into an e-commerce powerhouse that raked in $4.1 billion in sales revenue in 2018, and record investment from SoftBank.

Korean-born but American-bred, Kim was a New Englander for most of his formative years, attending boarding school in Massachusetts before the Harvard stint. He stayed in the Bay State, working at Boston Consulting Group, before starting his own magazine, an unofficial Harvard alumni publication called 02138—Cambridge’s zip code. The magazine stayed above water for two years—under Atlantic Media ownership for a portion of that time—before closing in 2008.

Better things were to come when Kim returned to his homeland, the Amazon-absent South Korea, where he founded what he envisions as a “next generation e-commerce model.”

Kim said he wanted to create a world that wonders, “How did I ever live without Coupang?” And the vision is becoming a reality: The company says half of Korea’s population has downloaded the app. The convenience factor is the pull, with Dawn Delivery promising items at your door by the time you wake up the next day.

The Harvard dropout is now likely unfazed by that college decision. In 2016, his business was named “one of the 50 smartest companies in the world” by nearby MIT—just next door to his alma mater, at 02139.

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Bom Kim

CEO of Coupang, Korea's Version of Amazon

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Bom Kim Biography

Dropping out of Harvard Business School after six months and folding his first company didn’t stop Bom Kim, 40, from going on to become South Korea’s second-youngest billionaire. That was through founding Coupang, Korea’s answer to Amazon. Starting as a Groupon-esque daily-deals business (and, curiously, Korea’s top diaper retailer), Coupang has ballooned into an e-commerce powerhouse that raked in $4.1 billion in sales revenue in 2018, and record investment from SoftBank.

Korean-born but American-bred, Kim was a New Englander for most of his formative years, attending boarding school in Massachusetts before the Harvard stint. He stayed in the Bay State, working at Boston Consulting Group, before starting his own magazine, an unofficial Harvard alumni publication called 02138—Cambridge’s zip code. The magazine stayed above water for two years—under Atlantic Media ownership for a portion of that time—before closing in 2008.

Better things were to come when Kim returned to his homeland, the Amazon-absent South Korea, where he founded what he envisions as a “next generation e-commerce model.”

Kim said he wanted to create a world that wonders, “How did I ever live without Coupang?” And the vision is becoming a reality: The company says half of Korea’s population has downloaded the app. The convenience factor is the pull, with Dawn Delivery promising items at your door by the time you wake up the next day.

The Harvard dropout is now likely unfazed by that college decision. In 2016, his business was named “one of the 50 smartest companies in the world” by nearby MIT—just next door to his alma mater, at 02139.

Bom Kim Videos

  • Meet the 'Amazon' of South Korea
    Coupang founder and CEO Bom Kim joins 'Squawk Box' to discuss the company's recent 2 billion dollar investment from Soft Bank and the retail industry...
  • South Korean start-up that's an Amazon and coupang
    Coupang is the largest online retailer in South Korea, with more than $3 billion in annual sales. The 8-year-old start-up is one of a handful of...

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  • How to book Bom Kim?

    Our booking agents have successfully helped clients around the world secure talent like Bom Kim for speaking engagements, personal appearances, product endorsements, or corporate entertainment for over 15 years. The team at All American Entertainment represents and listens to the needs of organizations and corporations seeking to hire keynote speakers, celebrities or entertainers. Fill out a booking request form for Bom Kim, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to discuss your upcoming event. One of our experienced agents will be happy to help you get pricing information and check availability for Bom Kim or any other celebrity of your choice.
  • How much does it cost to book Bom Kim?

    Booking fees for Bom Kim, or any other speakers and celebrities, are determined based on a number of factors and may change without notice. Pricing often varies according to the circumstances, including the talent's schedule, market conditions, length of presentation, and the location of the event. Speaker fees listed on this website are intended to serve as a guideline only. In some cases, the actual quote may be above or below the stated range. For the most current fee to hire Bom Kim, please fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to speak with an experienced booking agent.
  • Who is the agent for Bom Kim?

    All American Entertainment has successfully secured celebrity talent like Bom Kim for clients worldwide for more than 15 years. As a full-service talent booking agency, we have access to virtually any speaker or celebrity in the world. Our agents are happy and able to submit an offer to the speaker or celebrity of your choice, letting you benefit from our reputation and long-standing relationships in the industry. Fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536, and one of our agents will assist you to book Bom Kim for your next private or corporate function.
  • What is a full-service talent booking agency?

    All American Speakers is a "buyers agent" and exclusively represents talent buyers, meeting planners and event professionals, who are looking to secure celebrities and speakers for personal appearances, speaking engagements, corporate entertainment, public relations campaigns, commercials, or endorsements. We do not exclusively represent Bom Kim or claim ourselves as the exclusive booking agency, business manager, publicist, speakers bureau or management for Bom Kim or any other speaker or celebrity on this website. For more information on how we work and what makes us unique, please read the AAE Advantage.

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Bom Kim Speaker Videos

  • Meet the 'Amazon' of South Korea
    Coupang founder and CEO Bom Kim joins 'Squawk Box' to discuss the company's recent 2 billion dollar investment from Soft Bank and the retail industry in South Korea. » Subscribe to CNBC:...
    South Korean start-up that's an Amazon and coupang
    Coupang is the largest online retailer in South Korea, with more than $3 billion in annual sales. The 8-year-old start-up is one of a handful of Korean unicorns and is viewed in the country as a...

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