Founded1 March 1938; 80 years ago (1938-03-01)
Daegu, Japanese Korea
FounderLee Byung-chul
Headquarters40th floor Samsung Electronics Building, 11, Seocho-daero 74-gil, Seocho District, Seoul, South Korea[1]
Area served
Key people
Lee Kun-hee
Lee Jae-yong
(Vice Chairman)
ProductsApparel, automotive, chemicals, consumer electronics, electronic components, medical equipment, semiconductors, solid state drives, DRAM, ships, telecommunications equipment, home appliances[2]
ServicesAdvertising, construction, entertainment, financial services, hospitality, information and communications technology, medical and health care services, retail, shipbuilding
RevenueDecrease US$305 billion (2014)[3]
Decrease US$22.1 billion (2014)[3]
Total assetsIncrease US$529.5 billion (2014)[3]
Total equityIncrease US$231.2 billion (2014)[3]
Number of employees
489,000 (2014)[3]
DivisionsSamsung Electronics
Samsung C&T Corporation
Samsung Heavy Industries
Samsung SDS
Samsung Life Insurance
Renault Samsung Motors
Samsung Fire & Marine Insurance
Cheil Worldwide
Korean name
Revised RomanizationSamseong

Samsung (Hangul삼성; Hanja三星; Korean pronunciation: [samsʌŋ]) is a South Korean multinational conglomerate headquartered in Samsung Town, Seoul.[1] It comprises numerous affiliated businesses,[1] most of them united under the Samsung brand, and is the largest South Korean chaebol (business conglomerate).

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. As of 2017, Samsung has the 6th highest global brand value.[4]

Notable Samsung industrial affiliates include Samsung Electronics (the world's largest information technology company, consumer electronics maker and chipmaker measured by 2017 revenues),[5][6] Samsung Heavy Industries (the world's 2nd largest shipbuilder measured by 2010 revenues),[7] and Samsung Engineering and Samsung C&T (respectively the world's 13th and 36th largest construction companies).[8] Other notable subsidiaries include Samsung Life Insurance (the world's 14th largest life insurance company),[9] Samsung Everland (operator of Everland Resort, the oldest theme park in South Korea)[10] and Cheil Worldwide (the world's 15th largest advertising agency measured by 2012 revenues).[11][12]

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".[13][14] Its affiliate companies produce around a fifth of South Korea's total exports.[15] Samsung's revenue was equal to 17% of South Korea's $1,082 billion GDP.[16]


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

Other Languages
Afrikaans: Samsung Groep
አማርኛ: ሳምሰንግ
Ænglisc: Samsunghēap
العربية: سامسونج
asturianu: Samsung
azərbaycanca: Samsung
বাংলা: স্যামসাং
беларуская: Samsung Group
भोजपुरी: सैमसंग
Bislama: Samsung
български: Самсунг Груп
català: Samsung
čeština: Samsung
Cymraeg: Samsung
dansk: Samsung
Deutsch: Samsung
eesti: Samsung
Ελληνικά: Samsung
español: Samsung
Esperanto: Samsung
euskara: Samsung
فارسی: سامسونگ
français: Groupe Samsung
galego: Samsung
ગુજરાતી: સેમસંગ
客家語/Hak-kâ-ngî: Samsung Si̍p-thòn
한국어: 삼성그룹
Հայերեն: Սամսունգ
हिन्दी: सैमसंग
hrvatski: Samsung
Igbo: Samsung
Bahasa Indonesia: Samsung
íslenska: Samsung
italiano: Samsung
עברית: סמסונג
Basa Jawa: Samsung
ქართული: Samsung
kurdî: Samsung
Кыргызча: Samsung
Latina: Samsung
latviešu: Samsung
lietuvių: Samsung
magyar: Samsung
македонски: Samsung
മലയാളം: സാംസങ്
मराठी: सॅमसंग
მარგალური: Samsung
مصرى: سامسونج
Bahasa Melayu: Samsung
မြန်မာဘာသာ: ဆမ်ဆောင်း
Nāhuatl: Samsung
Nederlands: Samsung Group
नेपाली: सामसुङ
norsk: Samsung
norsk nynorsk: Samsung
oʻzbekcha/ўзбекча: Samsung
ਪੰਜਾਬੀ: ਸੈਮਸੰਗ
پښتو: سامسونگ
polski: Samsung
português: Samsung
Qaraqalpaqsha: Samsung
română: Samsung
rumantsch: Samsung
русский: Samsung
саха тыла: Samsung Group
संस्कृतम्: स्याम्सङ्ग्
Scots: Samsung
shqip: Samsung
Simple English: Samsung
سنڌي: سامسنگ
slovenčina: Samsung
slovenščina: Samsung
Soomaaliga: Samsung
کوردی: سامسۆنگ
српски / srpski: Samsung
Basa Sunda: Samsung
suomi: Samsung
svenska: Samsung
தமிழ்: சேம்சங்
Türkçe: Samsung
Türkmençe: Samsung
українська: Samsung Group
اردو: سیمسنگ
ئۇيغۇرچە / Uyghurche: سامسۇڭ گۇرۇھى
Tiếng Việt: Tập đoàn Samsung
Winaray: Samsung
吴语: 三星集团
粵語: 三星集團
žemaitėška: Samsung
中文: 三星集团
डोटेली: सामसुङ