Visitors pose for a "selfie" photograph next to an illuminated Christmas tree at the Everland Resort, operated by Cheil Industries Inc., in Yongin, South Korea, on Friday, Nov. 14, 2014. Cheil, the de facto holding company of Samsung Group, filed for a 1.52 trillion won initial public offering, the company said Oct. 31. Photographer: SeongJoon Cho/Bloomberg via Getty Images
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By Aaron Pressman
July 20, 2016

South Korean electronics giant Samsung is one of the largest companies in the world, appearing at No. 13 on this year’s Global 500 list, and is a leading maker of smartphones, memory chips, and televisions. Lately, it’s best known for the popular Galaxy S7 smartphone, which includes all the latest mobile technology, a customized version of Google’s Android software, and is even waterproof. But the South Korean company had a humble start in the 1930s. Here’s more about Samsung’s surprising history:

 

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