The 2017 top line is a whopping 4.37 million times its sales recorded in the first year of its business. Samsung Electronics set out as a small electronics business in 1969, generating a mere 37 million won in sales.
The amount was far dwarfed by the 11.7 billion won registered by GoldStar, the predecessor of LG Electronics.
But Samsung racked up sales of 1.35 trillion won in 1984, outstripping GoldStar for the first time. Samsung’s sales topped the 50 trillion-won mark in 2004 and the 100 trillion-won mark in 2010.
Samsung’s bottom line has also been in the black for the 38th consecutive year since 1981.
In addition, it has seen its workforce grow at an exponential rate over the past five decades, becoming the single largest employer in Korea.
As of end-September, Samsung’s domestic workforce came to slightly over 103,000, compared with a mere 36 at the time of its establishment. Including overseas workers, Samsung’s payroll stood at more than 320,000 as of end-2017.
The institute attributed Samsung’s success to its incessant innovation, aggressive investment and strategy to make its products and services appeal to international customers.
Other factors include its owners with outstanding managerial talent and professional managers who have helped guide Samsung to become a global industry leader, it added.
By Song Seung-hyun and newswires (firstname.lastname@example.org)