Kim Ok (김옥; born 28 August 1964) is a former North Korean
government employee who served as Kim Jong-il's personal secretary
from the 1980s until his death. After the death of Ko Yong-hui, she
regularly met with foreign officials as de facto first lady, and was
rumored to be his fourth wife.
Kim Ok was born in 1964. Her father is Kim Hyo, who was a senior
official of the Workers Party. She attended Pyongyang
University. Kim was previously a musician and was a piano major at
Pyongyang University of Music and Dance. In 1987 she joined Kim
Jong-il's management. She served as the department director in the
National Defense Commission. In September 2012, she reportedly went
to Berlin for medical treatment.
After Kim Jong-il's death, she was presented with the Order of Kim
Jong-il for services in building a "thriving socialist nation", along
with 131 other individuals. However, in July 2013 she lost all
In early July 2016 she was purged and sent to a labor camp.
Select[α] family tree of North Korea's ruling[β] Kim
^ To keep the tree of manageable size, it omits some members, e. g.,
brothers and sisters of Kim Jong-il.
^ Names of Supreme Leaders of the DPRK (and the name of the article
being viewed, if any) are in bold font.
^ Korean names often have a variety of transliterations into English,
which can be confusing. For example, "Kim Jong-chul" may also be
written "Gim Jeong-cheol" or "Kim Jŏng-ch'ŏl" among many other
Korean romanization for more information.
^ Huss, Kan; Frost, Clay. "North Korea's First Family: Mapping the
personal and political drama of the Kim clan". msnbc.com. Retrieved 20
January 2013. (Confirms many, but not all, of the birth and
death years. See individual articles for more references.)
^ Yan, Holly (16 February 2017). "The world's most mysterious family
tree: Kim Jong Un's secretive dynasty is full of drama, death". Design
by Alberto Mier. CNN. Retrieved 16 February 2017.
^ a b c Official biographies of
Kim Jong-suk and
Kim Jong-il give
birth years of 1917 and 1942, respectively.
Kim Ju-ae may have been
born in late 2012 or early 2013.
North Korea portal
^ Chung, Min-uck (19 December 2011). "What is future for Kim Ok?". The
Korea Times. Archived from the original on 7 January 2012.
^ "Kim's long-time secretary is New Korean 'first lady'", Front Page,
South China Morning Post, 24 July 2006
^ a b c d "Kim Ok".
North Korea Leadership Watch. 14 February 2012.
Retrieved 14 February 2017.
^ a b Andrei Lankov (4 July 2013). "Did Kim Jong Un purge his father's
widow, Kim Ok?". NK News. Retrieved 14 February 2017.
^ "Kim Jong-il's Widow Had Treatment in Berlin". The Chosun Ilbo. 10
North Korea awards 132 medals to commemorate Kim Jong-il's
birthday". The Daily Telegraph. 14 February 2012.
^ ""김정일 넷째 부인 김옥 숙청…수용소로 보내져"".
Yonhap News (in Korean). 26 July 2016.
^ Kim Myong-song (27 July 2016). "Kim Jong-il's Widow Sent to Prison
Camp". Chosun. Retrieved 14 February 2017.
Kim dynasty of North Korea
Kim Il-sung (1912–1994)
Kim Jong-il (1941–2011)
Kim Jong-un (1984–)
Kim Hyong-jik (Kim Il-sung's father)
Kang Pan-sok (Kim Il-sung's mother)
Kim Jong-suk (Kim Il-sung's first wife, Jong-il's mother)
Kim Yong-ju (Kim Il-sung's brother)
Kim Song-ae (Kim Il-sung's second wife)
Hong Il-chon (Kim Jong-il's first wife, divorced)
Song Hye-rim (Kim Jong-il's first mistress)
Kim Man-il (Kim Jong-il's brother)
Jang Song-thaek (Kim Jong-il's brother-in-law)
Kim Kyong-hui (Kim Jong-il's sister)
Kim Young-sook (Kim Jong-il's wife)
Ko Yong-hui (Kim Jong-il's second mistress, Jong-un's mother)
Kim Pyong-il (Kim Jong-il's half-brother)
Kim Ok (Kim Jong-il's third mistress)
Kim Yo-jong (Kim Jong-un's sister)
Kim Jong-chul (Kim Jong-un's brother)
Kim Sul-song (Kim Jong-un's half-sister)
Kim Jong-nam (Kim Jong-un's half-brother)
Ri Sol-ju (Kim Jong-un's wife)
Kim Ju-ae (Kim Jong-un's daughter)
Kim Han-sol (Kim Jong-nam's son)
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