The Rise of Samsung (infographic)

The Rise of Samsung (infographic)
In light of today's record quarterly profit guidance Samsung just reported, we thought we'd share this "Rise of Samsung" infographic with you that puts the whole conglomerate in historical perspective.

The mobile business might be maturing, but it still brings over 2/3 of Samsung's operating profit, which it forecasts to be the astonishing $9.2-$9.6 billion last quarter alone. That's a long way from the thirty bucks with which Mr Lee started the business in 1938, trading in fish and veggies. 

Samsung is the indisputable number one in many areas now, and if you want to read more on how it got here, get over to our article on this "chaebol" style organization for the full and fascinating story.

The Rise of Samsung
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2. tiara6918

Posts: 2263; Member since: Apr 26, 2012

I'm eagerly waiting for the time to come for Samsung to eat more of apple's marketshare. Congratulations Samsung for all your achievements, you will soon dominate every product category in the world

3. cc3493

Posts: 158; Member since: Jul 06, 2013

You do realise this is never good for the consumer right? Monopolies suck, no matter how good a company was before the monopoly...

15. tiara6918

Posts: 2263; Member since: Apr 26, 2012

I forgot that this will turn out to be a monopoly. I just want to recognize them for everything they've been doing and innovating. Now, they're expanding and have several target markets

18. HansGoneInsane unregistered

You should also take into account how Samsung achieved their position. They did it by shamelessly copying innovators, creating joint ventures with innovators and then cancel these joint ventures as soon as they've learned enough from their "partners". Samsung accounts for 17% of the GDP of South Korea, just this one company. The company is highly corrupt and so powerful that it can force the South Korean Government to introduce tax laws in the favor of the family that drives Samsung. Samsung is an evil company that need to be destroyed. One thing so far they cannot do is innovation. They can copy and improve existing products in a great way. I can only hope that innovators like Apple, Sony, Google or Microsoft will out-innovate Samsung and crush this company. Check it out on Wikipedia:

27. nasznjoka

Posts: 418; Member since: Oct 05, 2012

Incase your hate drove you out of this line lemme qoute it for you #Samsung is accountable for #DRAMS used currently on 70% of all smartphones globally

32. HansGoneInsane unregistered

In contrast to you, I am able to see the complete picture and not just some tiny details. I see what Samsung aims for and how they achieve their goals. Who cares about DRAM? If Samsung would disappear right now, what would people remember the company for? They haven't achieved anything big that would last. Sony came up with the walkman, Apple introduced the iPod/iPhone, Nokia came up with the Communicator. And Samsung? Nothing original there. Only copying and the try to destroy the innovators that came up with something cool.

33. Ronny666

Posts: 128; Member since: Jun 08, 2013

You must have missed a lot of things while hiding in the cave. They are 2nd most innovative company in the world after apple: They are also 2nd largest patent holders in the world: People don't realise their innovations mainly because they fail to see it. Don't forget that their innovations are not limited to just smartphones. If u think that it is easy to gain that achievements, why other major companies struggling to compete with Samsung although they have been in business longer than them?

35. HansGoneInsane unregistered

So, then name something original Samsung has achieved as the first? All these patents are just improvements to existing things. Name me a Samsung product that changed the way an entire industry worked like the Walkman, iPod, iPhone, the Mac, the PC? Samsung only copies others more innovative companies and then tries to push them out of the market. Who cares about that survey from businessinsider? Its based on a questionnaire in which managers have to judge their competition. Where is the objectivity? Other surveys draw completely different pictures (also concerning Apple's position in such a ranking). You would perfectly fit into Samsung's team filming Apple customers waiting in line in front of an Apple Store trying to measure their excitement. I ask again? What would remain of Samsung if they would disappear right now? For what would they have been remembered for? The answer is: Nothing. That is because there is nothing original from Samsung.

40. mkrenegades

Posts: 1; Member since: Oct 06, 2013

i understand where you are coming from but i believe much of this view has mainly to do with whether things were imitated with smartphones. somehow there are those who believe everything they manufacture is now a copy? this is not the case. you are right, what will people remember samsung for. however that will depend which group of people you ask. the young - old generation and android - apple community. it is a matter of correlation, perspective, and some bias. this is just from my recollection of what samsung did in the past 10 years. 1) started to overtake sony around 2004, which was still considered the biggest consumer electronics company at the time 2) samsung is one the biggest oem company, from the mid 2000s until now, their factory plant sites were and are generations ahead. 3) one of the first 1080p lcd tvs in the us before "full hd" became mainstream 4) one of first umts/hsdpa/3g (regular) phones in the us 5) first stand alone blu-ray player in the us. (sony released ps3 before a samsung or sony stand alone version). 6) one of the first backlit led lcd tvs (before edgelit tvs came out and led tvs became a category). 7) one of the few companies that still makes both lcd (led) and plasma tvs. as a consumer, they will be known for tvs and general consumer electronics due to milestones and development of products...not because of 1 or 2 "revolutionary" product. in the business world, they are known as a big oem entity. in my opinion without the sony vcr, samsung or apple wouldn't be here. read the comeback by gary shapiro.

34. ph00ny

Posts: 2051; Member since: May 26, 2011

I guess we must go back to the cave days since refining an existing idea is such a big no no. Just to add to this, look at some of the articles in not just products but manufacturing technology in fabs and semiconductor business. You will understand why Apple is still relying on samsung eventhough TSMC is a much larger foundry company.

41. chocolaking

Posts: 495; Member since: May 22, 2012

Quote from HansGoneInsane: If Samsung would disappear right now, what would people remember the company for? this is so sad but so true..

36. MobileKicker

Posts: 212; Member since: Sep 19, 2013

Nothing to worry about Apple will completely crush the copycat samsung after the release of iphone 6 and the iWatch 2

16. asulect

Posts: 131; Member since: Aug 27, 2012

Monopolies are always being hated anyway. There's already a pretty big group of Samsung haters out there. Someday, this group will eclipse the apple haters, just like the apple haters eclipse the microsoft hating camp.

20. ThinkAgain

Posts: 3; Member since: Oct 04, 2013

If Samsung were an US company the Government would have broken it into pieces long time ago. Just look at Motorola's history; it was a very big company 20 years ago, now its a Google company.

42. chocolaking

Posts: 495; Member since: May 22, 2012

Google bought Motorolla? wat?

4. itsdeepak4u2000

Posts: 3718; Member since: Nov 03, 2012

Congrats for the Rise Sammy.

6. JMartin22

Posts: 2372; Member since: Apr 30, 2013

Like them or not, there's no denying they're a field-changing company, that are forcing all their competitors to up their ante. They're good for competition. On the other hand, I'm sure Apple would just like competition to see which of its idiotic consumer base would sleep outside one of their retail stores the longest to get their newest marketing fluff tool.

7. Napalm_3nema

Posts: 2236; Member since: Jun 14, 2013

You mean the "marketing fluff tool" that is faster and more powerful than any Android handset in the world? Sure, the S800 chipsets run with the A7 in named benchmarks, but turn those off, and your 2.3 GHz quad-core with 2-3GB of RAM assumes its rightful place behind a 1.3 GHz dual-core with 1GB of RAM. If you believe Qualcomm's marketing chief, who has a vested interest watching his top SoC play second fiddle, you are not only not paying attention, you are bad at math because you don't see that a lower clocked dual running with higher clocked quads is anything but a "gimmick."

30. JMartin22

Posts: 2372; Member since: Apr 30, 2013

The only tests the iPhone is good in is off screen tests and browser tests Safari is extremely optimized for. Even the outdated ARMv7 architecture in the SD800 still features the better CPU and GPU in many benchmarks. And when Android SoCs also go ARMv8, they're going to utterly trash the A7 chip in the iPhone.

37. MobileKicker

Posts: 212; Member since: Sep 19, 2013

Fool, dont you have ever noted the speed of iphone 5s And of course the dualcore 64 nit is better than quadcore 32 bit

11. promise7

Posts: 894; Member since: Jul 03, 2013

What's wrong with fans lining up? People line up for Grand Theft Auto, Call of Duty, Halo, midnight showings of movies. Fans just want to be one of the first to experience whatever their lining up for. If they want to do that more power to them, but fans lining up for Apple products is no different.

8. Napalm_3nema

Posts: 2236; Member since: Jun 14, 2013

I would like to see in the inforgraphic the rise in blatant lying (Region locking, efuse, benchmarks) and corporate espionage, as well as how they are doing in the vacuum cleaner sector since they ripped off another company.

29. maccess

Posts: 742; Member since: Jan 16, 2013

not gonna happen kid.. keep butt hurt..

9. _Bone_

Posts: 2155; Member since: Oct 29, 2012

Q3 is going to break Samsung records but Q4 will break all gadget numbers ever.

12. hassoups

Posts: 473; Member since: Jun 06, 2013

what a rise...this is the first i know about their involvement in building Burj Khalifa..

14. someones4

Posts: 628; Member since: Sep 16, 2012

They also build nuclear power plants and wind farms. Samsung also builds the world's largest oil-rig for Shell.

22. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

And Apple fan accuse them of lacking in innovation. What a complete waste of time for them... even their favorite iDevices innate is made from Samsung parts. lol... I am neutral towards Samsung or Apple. May the best man wins!

38. MobileKicker

Posts: 212; Member since: Sep 19, 2013

Cause samsung cant refuse its lord apple

13. someones4

Posts: 628; Member since: Sep 16, 2012

From 30 bucks to a multibillion dollar empire. Mr. Lee must be very proud. Although he has plenty of opportunities back then. A great demand created by the World War 2 and the Korean War. The spurge of economical growth like The Miracle on the Han river helps as well.

17. bnick25

Posts: 38; Member since: May 05, 2013

My freind lives in korea and says samsung and lg rule korea you cant do nothing without there permussion so monopoly in other parts of the world would be next

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