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CNBC Meets

CNBC Meets: Sung-Joo Kim, part one

CNBC Meet's Tania Bryer meets business leader and philanthropist, Sung-Joo Kim who discusses how she manages more than 360 MCM stores worldwide and how she escaped the constraints of a strict patriarchal household and society.

Born in South Korea, Kim, the founder and chief executive of Asian fashion business Sungjoo Group and chief executive of luxury European accessories brand MCM managed to convince her father to let her study at Amherst College in the U.S.

Kim was not even allowed to have a passport to travel, but after inviting ex-prime ministers, scholars and cabinet members that were well-known Amherst graduates for dinner, her father was convinced.

Kim describes her "cultural confusion" at arriving at Amherst, having grown up in a very privileged, but very strict home where girls were treated as "second class citizens" as well as her unlikely friendship with Monaco's Prince Albert II.

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  • Tania Bryer is a guest presenter and executive producer of CNBC Meets. In this series, she profiles some of the world’s most successful business people to find out what makes them tick. Bryer previously worked for BBC and Sky Television.