Seven questions people are asking about Kim Jong-un

As Donald Trump and Kim Jong-un make history with their highly-anticipated Singapore summit, people around the world were bombarding the internet trying to find more about the reclusive North Korean leader.

As a reality-TV-star-turned-president, there has never been a shortage of media coverage when it comes to Trump and his extremely colourful past, but the same can’t be said for the dictator he is trying to find common ground with.

Given the extreme regulations North Korea’s media are subjected to, very little personal information about the supreme leader is shared with the public – making them want it just that much more.

Here are the questions the Internet wants answered about Kim Jong-un.

US President Donald Trump shakes hands with North Korea leader Kim Jong Un at the Capella resort on Sentosa Island Tuesday, June 12, 2018 in Singapore. (Kevin Lim/The Straits Times via AP)

How old is he?

According to some reports, Kim was born on January 8, 1982, however the US government officially lists Kim’s birthday as January 8, 1984, making him 33 years old.

That makes the North Korean leader less than half the age of US President Donald Trump, who turns 72 on Thursday.

How tall is Kim Jong-un?

The North Korean leader’s official height is 5’7″, but at a recent meeting with South Korean leader Moon Jae-in, who stands at 5’6″, he appeared to be a couple of inches shorter.

Kim Jong-un is believed to be around 5’5″ and Donald Trump stands nearly a foot taller at 6’3″.

At the historic summit, some eagle-eyed viewers claimed Kim was wearing shoes with special height-adding insoles.

Kim Jong-un is believed to be around 5’5″ and Donald Trump stands nearly a foot taller at 6’3″. Photo: AP

Can Kim Jong-un speak English?

Kim Jong Un’s former high school teacher said the North Korean leader probably does know how to speak English, but pretends he doesn’t.

Michel Riesen told the NBC’s Today Show Kim was a “good student” and claims he attended an English-language international school in Switzerland.

During the summit, the leaders communicated with the help of translators. Experts have suggested Kim uses the translators to have more time to respond.

Who is Kim Jong-un’s wife?

Kim Jong Un is married to Ri Sol Ju, making her North Korea’s first lady.

She has recently made regular appearances at her husband’s side, including at a banquet in April when he met with with South Korean President Moon Jae-in.

Ri is believed to be late 20s, or early 30s, and the couple have three children together, according to South Korea’s National Intelligence Service (NIS).

Kim Jong Un is married to Ri Sol Ju, making her North Korea’s first lady. Photo: AP

Who was Kim Jong-un’s grandfather?

Kim Jong-un’s grandfather Kim Il-sung was the founder of the People’s Republic of North Korea at the end of Japan’s control.

He married twice and had five children, including Kim’s father.

Upon his death in 1994, Il-sung was succeeded by his son Kim Jong-il and then by Kim Jong-un in 2011.

What is Kim Jong-un’s net worth?

Based on statistics from spending reports, Kim Jong-un’s net worth is believed to be around A$9-13 billion (GBP 5-7 billion).

What does Kim Jong-un’s surname mean?

The ‘Jong’ in Kim Jong-un’s name is the same as his father’s and the ‘Un’ is believed to mean “favour or grateful.”

The leader’s name is a continuation of not only his father’s legacy, but also his grandfather’s, Kim Il-sung, according to local media.