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Ahn Cheol-soo
안철수 의원의 깜짝 방문2.jpg
Chairman of the People's Party
In office
2 February 2016 – 29 June 2016
Serving with Chun Jung-bae
Preceded by Position established
Succeeded by Park Jie-won
Member of the National Assembly
In office
25 April 2013 – 15 April 2017
Preceded by Roh Hoe-chan
Succeeded by TBD
Constituency Seoul Nowon C
Chairman of the New Politics Alliance for Democracy
In office
26 March 2014 – 31 July 2014
Serving with Kim Han-gil
Preceded by Position established
Succeeded by Moon Jae-in
Personal details
Born February 26, 1962 (1962-02-26) (age 59)
Miryang, South Gyeongsang Province, South Korea
Nationality South Korean
Political party People's Party (2016–present)
Other political
Independent (2013–14; 2015–16)
NPAD (2014–15)
Spouse(s) Kim Mi-kyung
Children 1 daughter
Alma mater Seoul National University
University of Pennsylvania
Occupation Physician
Software entrepreneur –present
Known for V3 (antivirus software)
Military service
Allegiance  South Korea
Branch/service Republic of Korea Navy
Years of service 1992–1994
Rank Daewi
Ahn Cheol-soo
Hangul 안철수
Hanja 安哲秀
Revised Romanization An Cheol-su
McCune–Reischauer An Ch'ŏlsu

Ahn Cheol-soo (born February 26, 1962) is a Korean businessman, doctor and professor. He is famous as the developer of the computer anti-virus software program, V3. He is the founder and CEO of the Ahn Lab. He is now a professor at Seoul National University.

Ahn was the People's Party nominee for the presidential election in 2017. He was most recently a founding co-leader of the People's Party alongside Chun Jung-bae.

Personal History

Ahn was born in Pusan in 1962. He graduated from the medical school of Seoul National University. He went on to do graduate work in medical science at Seoul National University. He received a master's degree in medical school and he holds a doctorate in medicine.

During the course, he found a computer virus, one of the first viruses, called the Brain, on his floppy diskette. He started to analyze and develop the vaccine software program. He also uploaded the program, and wrote about it in the magazine Microsoft, a technical magazine which covers computer programs. He upgraded the vaccine program and introduced the V2, V2 Plus to the public with adding the function which can cure the LBC and Jerusalem viruses. He finally introduced the V3 program, now a very important software program for Korean computer users.

He has been a chief of the Dankook University medical school. However, he decided to become a doctor of computers. He founded the Ahn Lab, a special venture business for developing computer vaccine programs. He also received an Executive MBA course in University of Pennsylvania, Wharton school. He completed the venture business course in Stanford University.


  • Bronze Tower Industrial Award by Ministry of Knowledge Economy Korea
  • Young Engineer Award by National Academy of Engineering of Korea (NAEK)
  • Voted as ASIA STAR 25 by Business Week
  • Voted as Leader of Korea 18 by World Economic Forum (WEF)
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