Founded by Lee Byung-chul in 1938 as a trading company, Samsung is a South Korean multinational conglomerate comprising numerous subsidiaries and affiliated businesses.

Samsung has diversified into food processing, textiles, insurance, securities and retail. In the late 1960s, Samsung entered the electronics industry, and, in the mid 1970s, the construction and ship-building industries.

Notable Samsung subsidiaries include Samsung Electronics,  Samsung Heavy Industries, Samsung Engineering, Samsung C&T, Samsung Life Insurance, Samsung Everland, Samsung Techwin and Cheil Worldwide.