South Korean multinational conglomerate

Samsung Group is a South Korean multinational conglomerate headquartered in Samsung Town, Seoul.[3] It comprises numerous affiliated businesses,[3] most of them united under the Samsung brand, and is the largest South Korean chaebol (business conglomerate). Samsung is a large worldwide company based in Seoul. Samsung means "three stars" in Korean.

Founded1 March 1938; 86 years ago (1938-03-01)
Daegu, South Korea
FounderLee Byung-chul
Area served
Key people
Lee Kun-hee (Chairman)
Lee Jae-yong (Vice-Chairman)
ProductsApparel, chemicals, consumer electronics, electronic components, medical equipment, semiconductors, solid state drives, DRAM, ships, telecommunications equipment, home appliances[1]
ServicesAdvertising, construction, entertainment, financial services, hospitality, information and communications technology, medical and health care services, retail, shipbuilding
RevenueDecrease US$305 billion (2014)[2]
Decrease US$22.1 billion (2014)[2]
Total assetsIncrease US$529.5 billion (2014)[2]
Total equityIncrease US$231.2 billion (2014)[2]
Number of employees
489,000 (2014)[2]
DivisionsSamsung Electronics
Samsung C&T Corporation
Samsung Heavy Industries
Samsung SDS
Samsung Life Insurance
Samsung Fire & Marine Insurance
Cheil Worldwide

Samsung was founded by Lee Byung-chul in 1938 as a trading company. Over the next three decades, the group diversified into areas including food processing, textiles, insurance, securities, and retail. Samsung entered the electronics industry in the late 1960s and the construction and shipbuilding industries in the mid-1970s; these areas would drive its subsequent growth. Following Lee's death in 1987, Samsung was separated into four business groups – Samsung Group, Shinsegae Group, CJ Group and Hansol Group. Since 1990, Samsung has increasingly globalised its activities and electronics; in particular, its mobile phones and semiconductors have become its most important source of income.

Notable Samsung industrial affiliates include Samsung Electronics (the world's 2nd largest information technology company measured by 2015 revenues, and 5th in market value),[4] Samsung Heavy Industries (the world's 2nd largest shipbuilder measured by 2010 revenues),[5] and Samsung Engineering and Samsung C&T (respectively the world's 13th and 36th largest construction companies).[6] Other notable subsidiaries include Samsung Life Insurance (the world's 14th largest life insurance company),[7] Samsung Everland (operator of Everland Resort, the oldest theme park in South Korea)[8] and Cheil Worldwide (the world's 15th largest advertising agency measured by 2012 revenues).[9][10]

Samsung has a powerful influence on South Korea's economic development, politics, media and culture and has been a major driving force behind the "Miracle on the Han River".[11][12] Its affiliate companies produce around a fifth of South Korea's total exports.[13] Samsung's revenue was equal to 17% of South Korea's $1,082 billion GDP.[14]

Samsung has many different businesses. It makes mobile phones, cameras and other electronics. 'Samsung Electronics' who sell Samsung Galaxy products. Samsung is the best known South Korean brand in the world.

Samsung also is sponsor of several sports teams, such as the Chelsea Football Club.

In December 2018 the company announced a launch of new 5G smartphone, which took place in 2019,In Samsung, the production of the Galaxy Note 7 was temporarily halted 2023.[15][16]

According to Samsung's founder, the meaning of the Korean hanja word Samsung () is "tri-star" or "two stars". The word "two" represents something "big, numerous and powerful".[17]

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  15. "سامسونج توقف إنتاج جالاكسي نوت ۷ بشكل مؤقت". أخبار حكاوى (in Arabic). 2023-04-23. Archived from the original on 2023-08-06. Retrieved 2023-08-06.
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