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SEONGNAM, SOUTH KOREA (FILE - DECEMBER 1, 2011) (REUTERS) ****WARNING: CONTAINS FLASH PHOTOGRAPHY*** THEN DEAN OF GRADUATE SCHOOL OF CONVERGENCE SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY AT SEOUL NATIONAL UNIVERSITY, AHN CHEOL-SOO, WALKING INTO NEWS CONFERENCE ROOM AHN SPEAKING AT PODIUM PROJECTED SCREEN SHOWING DIAGRAM OF AHN LAB'S SOCIAL CONTRIBUTION PLAN SEONGNAM, SOUTH KOREA (FILE - 2011) (REUTERS) EXTERIOR OF AHN LAB SIGN ON BUILDING READING (English): "AHN LAB" COMPUTER LAB South Korean software millionaire and philanthropist, Ahn Cheol-soo, founded the online security firm Ahnlab in 1995 after spending seven years developing anti-virus software while completing medical training and working full time as a physician in Seoul. In 2011, Ahn, then dean of Graduate School of Convergence Science and Technology at Seoul National University, held a news conference and announced his company's plan on social contribution. SEOUL, SOUTH KOREA (FILE - FEBRUARY 6, 2012) (REUTERS) VARIOUS OF AHN (LEFT) AND THEN CHIEF DIRECTOR OF AHN'S FOUNDATION, PARK YOUNG-SOOK (RIGHT), STANDING AT NEWS CONFERENCE AHN SMILING In 2012, Ahn founded charity foundation 'The Circle Foundation' for underprivileged people, after he announced his plan to donate about half of his 37 percent stake in the firm. SEOUL, SOUTH KOREA (FILE - SEPTEMBER 19, 2012) (REUTERS) AHN WALKING INTO NEWS CONFERENCE ROOM AHN WALKING TOWARDS PODIUM AND BOWING AHN SPEAKING AHN'S SUPPORTERS WATCHING TELEVISION SHOWING LIVE BROADCAST OF AHN'S NEWS CONFERENCE Ahn announced he would run for the presidency on September 19, 2012, ending a year-long wait and throwing wide open a race that had looked to be a coronation for the conservatives' Park Geun-hye. Ahn has donated more than 200 million U.S. dollars of his wealth to charity and was seen as the only candidate capable of derailing Park's goal of becoming South Korea's first female president. SEOUL, SOUTH KOREA (FILE - NOVEMBER 6, 2012) (REUTERS) THEN INDEPENDENT PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE, AHN CHEOL-SOO (RIGHT), AND THEN PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE FROM MAIN OPPOSITION DEMOCRATIC UNION PARTY (DUP), MOON JAE-IN (CENTRE), AND THEN PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE FOR RULING SAENURI PARTY, PARK GEUN-HYE (LEFT), SITTING AHN SITTING Then independent presidential candidate Ahn, along with Democratic Union Party (DUP) candidate Moon Jae-in, and former South Korean President ruling Saenuri Party candidate, Park Geun-hye, were top runners for the 18th Presidential election in South Korea. SEOUL, SOUTH KOREA (FILE - NOVEMBER 6, 2012) (REUTERS) AHN (RIGHT) AND MOON (LEFT) SHAKING HANDS VARIOUS OF AHN AND MOON POSING FOR PHOTOGRAPHS About a month before the presidential election, Ahn had a meeting with Democratic Union Party (DUP) candidate, Moon Jae-in, to discuss single candidate issues. SEOUL, SOUTH KOREA (FILE - NOVEMBER 23, 2012) (REUTERS) AHN TALKING AT PODIUM TO ANNOUNCE THAT HE QUITS PRESIDENTIAL RUN AHN SPEAKING AT PODIUM AHN'S SUPPORTER CRYING AHN'S SUPPORTERS SHOUTING IN KOREAN: "AHN CHEOL-SOO" AS AHN'S CAR LEAVES On November 23, Ahn gave up his bid to become president and endorsed another opposition candidate Moon Jae-in, setting the stage for a close race with conservative favourite Park Geun-hye to lead the country. SEOUL, SOUTH KOREA (FILE - DECEMBER 6, 2012) (REUTERS) MOON AND AHN WALKING OUT OF BUILDING AND STANDING IN FRONT OF MEDIA MOON AHD AHN HOLDING HANDS AND POSING FOR PHOTOGRAPHS About ten days ahead of the presidential election, Ahn and Moon had an emergency meeting and agreed on a single candidate on December 6, 2012, and Moon became the main presidential candidate of the opposition party.

File Footage Of South Korea's Presidential Candidate Ahn Cheol-Soo

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