Following the Note 7 recall and investor backlash, Samsung may split in two
Samsung is run like a typical "chaebol" structure out of South Korea. "Chae" means wealth, and "bol" is a clan, and that's all you need to know about how companies like Samsung, LG, Hyundai and others are often run - as loosely knit family business conglomerates. The family owns stakes in each of the tens of holding companies, which in turn have ownership in the other firms in the network. This prevents outside investors from breaking up the conglomerate, but also enshrines performance opacity, as well as rigid "no questions asked" top-down management policy.