List of companies of South Korea

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Location of South Korea

South Korea is a sovereign state in East Asia, constituting the southern part of the Korean Peninsula.[1] Highly urbanized at 92%,[2] South Koreans lead a distinctive urban lifestyle; half of them live in high-rises[3] concentrated in the Seoul Capital Area with 25 million residents[4] and the world's sixth leading global city[5] with the fourth largest economy[6] and seventh most sustainable city in the world.[7]

South Korea is East Asia's most developed country in the Human Development Index. Driven by a highly educated and skilled workforce, it has the world's eighth highest median household income, the highest in Asia, and its singles in particular earn more than all G7 nations. Globally, it ranks highly in personal safety,[8] job security, ease of doing business and healthcare quality, with the world's third highest health adjusted life expectancy and fourth most efficient healthcare system.[9] It is the world's largest spender on R&D per GDP, leading the OECD in graduates in science and engineering[10] and ranking third in the Youth Wellbeing Index.[11] Home of Samsung, LG and Hyundai-Kia, South Korea was named the world's most innovative country in the Bloomberg Innovation Index,[12] ranking first in business R&D intensity and patents filed per GDP. In 2005, it became the world's first country to fully transition to high-speed Internet[13] and today it has the world's fastest Internet speed and highest smartphone ownership, ranking first in ICT Development, e-Government[14] and 4G LTE coverage.

For further information on the types of business entities in this country and their abbreviations, see "Business entities in South Korea".

Largest firms[edit]

This list shows firms in the Fortune Global 500, which ranks firms by total revenue for 2016.[15] Only the top five firms (if available) are included as a sample.

Rank Image Name 2016 Revenues (USD $M) Employees Notes
13 Samsung headquarters.jpg Samsung $177,440 319,000 Multinational electronics conglomerate, and one of the world's largest information technology firms. Samsung has been on the Global 500 list since it began, steadily climbing to position 13 and holding despite declining revenues in 2016.
84 2010 Hyundai Genesis Coupe 1.jpg Hyundai Motor Company $81,320 129,315 Fourth largest automotive manufacturer, including its Kia Motors subsidiary. The company moved up 15 spots despite a revenue decline of 4.1% in 2016.
172 KEPCO Malaya Power Plant Philippines.jpg Korea Electric Power Corporation $51,805 41,949 Korea's largest electrical utility, majority owned by the Korean state. KEPCO has steadily risen 134 places in the ranking since 2010.
173 Poscotower07.jpg POSCO $51,752 34,327 Multinational steel manufacturing group, the world's fourth largest steelmaker. The company has maintained a steady position on the charts since 2011 after recovering from a drop on the 2010 list.
180 Korea-Seoul-Yeouido-LG Twin building-01.jpg LG Electronics $49,996 77,000 Electronics and consumer devices engineering and the world's second-largest television manufacturer. The firm rejoined the list in 2011.

Notable firms[edit]

This list includes notable companies with primary headquarters located in the country. The industry and sector follow the Industry Classification Benchmark taxonomy. Organizations which have ceased operations are included and noted as defunct.

     Active firms
     State-owned firms
     Defunct firms

Name Group Industry Sector Headquarters Founded Notes
AhnLab Inc - Technology Software Seongnam 1995 Antivirus computer software
Aju Group Aju Group Conglomerates - Seoul 1960[16] Industrial conglomerate
AKOM - Consumer services Media Seoul 1985 Animation
Amorepacific Corporation - Consumer goods Personal goods Seoul 1945 Cosmetics
Andamiro - Technology Software Seoul 1992 Video games
Asia Cement - Industrials Construction & materials Seoul 1965 Cement
Asiana Airlines Kumho Asiana Group Consumer services Travel & leisure Seoul 1988 Airline
BC Card KT Corporation Financials Financial services Seoul 1982 Payment processor
Bexel - Industrials Electronic & electrical equipment Seoul 1978 Batteries
Big Hit Entertainment - Consumer services Media Seoul 2005 Record label
Bubang Techron Co. - Consumer goods Personal goods Seoul 1976 Consumer electronics
Busan Bank - Financials Banks Busan 1967 Bank
Busan Transportation Corporation - Industrials Industrial transportation Busan 2006 Transit authority
BYC Co. - Consumer goods Personal goods Seoul 1946[17] Clothing, (KRX: 001460)
CAS Corporation - Industrials Electronic & electrical equipment Seoul 1983 Electronic scales
Channel A The Dong-a Ilbo Media Group Consumer services Media Seoul 2011 Broadcasting
Cheil Industries Samsung Consumer goods Personal goods Seoul 1954
CJ CGV CJ Group Consumer services Media Seoul 1996 Theater chain
CJ E&M Film Division CJ Group Consumer services Media Seoul 1995 Film production
CJ Group CJ Group Conglomerates - Seoul 1953 Holding company
Com2uS Gamevil Technology Software Seoul 1998 Video games, (KRX: 078340)
Cowon - Consumer goods Personal goods Seoul 1995 Consumer electronics
Crown Confectionery Crown Confectionery Consumer goods Food & beverage Seoul 1947 Confectionery
CT&T United - Consumer goods Automotive Seoul 2002 Electric vehicles
Cuckoo Electronics - Consumer goods Personal goods Seoul 1978 Consumer electronics
Cyworld SK Group Technology Internet Seoul 1999 Social network
Daehan Tire - Consumer goods Automotive Seoul 1990 Tires
Daelim Daelim Conglomerates - Seoul 1939 Industrials, oil and gas, financials
Kakao - Technology Software Jeju City 2014 Software
Dongbu Group Dongbu Group Conglomerates - Seoul 1969 Steel, financials, chemicals, industrials
Dongbu Steel Dongbu Group Basic materials Basic resources Seoul 1982 Steel
Dongkuk Steel - Basic materials Basic resources Seoul 1954[18] Steel
Doosan Engineering & Construction Doosan Group Industrials Construction & materials Seoul[19] 1960 Construction
Doosan Group Doosan Group Conglomerates - Seoul 1896 Industrials, infrastructure
Doosan Heavy Industries & Construction Doosan Group Industrials Heavy construction Changwon 1962 Heavy industrial
Eastar Jet - Consumer services Travel & leisure Seoul 2007 Low cost airline
E-Land Group E-Land Group Conglomerates - Seoul 1980 Retail, travel & leisure
ETLAND Kiswel Group Technology Internet Seoul 1989 Auction site
Eugene Basic Materials Company Eugene Group Basic materials Chemicals Seoul 1999 Chemicals
Eugene Concrete Eugene Group Industrials Construction & materials Seoul 1979 Cement, concrete
Eugene Group Eugene Group Conglomerates - Seoul 1954[20] Industrials, media, food & beverage
Eugene Koryeo Cement Eugene Group Industrials Construction & materials Gwangju 1962 Cement
FILA - Consumer goods Personal goods Seoul 1911 Sportswear
Game Park - Technology Software Seoul 1996 Video games, defunct 2007
Gamevil Gamevil Technology Software Seoul 2000 Video games, (KRX: 063080)
GM Korea General Motors (USA) Consumer goods Automotive Incheon 1937 Automotive
Gravity SoftBank Group (Japan) Technology Software Seoul 2000 Video games, (NASDAQGRVY)
GS Caltex GS Group Oil & gas Oil & gas producers Seoul 1967 Refiner
GS Group GS Group Conglomerates - Seoul 2005 Retail, construction, sports
Haitai Crown Confectionery Consumer goods Food & beverage Seoul 1945 Instant foods
Halla Group Halla Group Conglomerates - Seoul 1962 Automotive, construction
Hana Financial Group - Financials Financial services Seoul 1971 financial services
Hanjin Hanjin Industrials Industrial transportation Seoul 1945
Hankook Ilbo - Consumer services Media Seoul 1954 Publishing
Hankook Tires - Consumer goods Automotive Seoul 1941 Tires
Hansol Hansol Conglomerates - Seoul 1965 Construction, chemicals, telecom
Hanwha Hanwha Conglomerates - Seoul 1952 Industrials, chemicals, financials
Hanwha Life Insurance Hanwha Financials Insurance Seoul 1946 Life insurance
Hanwha Total Hanwha Basic materials Chemicals Seoul 1988 Chemicals
HCT Co., Ltd. - Technology Semiconductors Icheon 2000 Semiconductor
Hite Brewery Hite Brewery Consumer goods Food & beverage Seoul 1933 Brewery, (KRX: 103150)
HiteJinro Hite Brewery Consumer goods Food & beverage Seoul 1924 Distillery
Hotel Shilla Samsung Consumer services Travel & leisure Seoul 1979 Hotels
Humax - Consumer goods Personal goods Seoul 1989 Consumer electronics
Hyosung Hyosung Conglomerates - Seoul 1966 Chemical, industrials, construction
Hyundai Amco Hyundai Motor Company Industrials Construction & materials Seoul 2002 Construction and materials
Hyundai Asan Hyundai Group Financials Real estate Goseong 1998[21] Development
Hyundai Corporation Hyundai Heavy Industries Group Industrials General industries Seoul 1976 Trading, logistics
Hyundai Department Store Group Hyundai Department Store Group Consumer services Retail Seoul 1971 Retail holding company
Hyundai Engineering & Construction Hyundai Motor Group Industrials Construction & materials Seoul 1947 Engineering
Hyundai Glovis Hyundai Motor Group Industrials Industrial transportation Seoul 2001 Logistics
Hyundai Group Hyundai Group Conglomerates - Seoul 1947 Construction, transportation, power
Hyundai Heavy Industries Group Hyundai Heavy Industries Group Conglomerates - Ulsan 1972 Industrials, transportation, oil & gas
Hyundai Heavy Industries Hyundai Heavy Industries Group Industrials Heavy construction Ulsan 1972 Shipyard, machinery
Hyundai Merchant Marine Hyundai Group Industrials Industrial transportation Seoul 1976 Marine transport
Hyundai Mobis Hyundai Motor Group Consumer goods Automobiles & parts Seoul 1977 Parts and services
Hyundai Motor Company Hyundai Motor Group Consumer goods Automobiles Seoul 1967 Automotive manufacturer
Hyundai Motor Group Hyundai Motor Group Conglomerates - Seoul 2000 Holding group
Hyundai Oilbank Hyundai Heavy Industries Group Oil & gas Oil & gas producer Seoul 1964 Refinery
Hyundai Rotem Hyundai Motor Group Industrials Industrial engineering Seoul 1999 Heavy vehicles
Hyundai Samho Heavy Industries Hyundai Heavy Industries Group Industrials Industrial engineering Yeongam 1998 Shipyard
Hyundai Steel Hyundai Motor Group Basic materials Basic resources Incheon 1953 Steel
Hyundai Wia Hyundai Motor Group Consumer goods Automobiles & parts Changwon 1976 Parts
Iconix Entertainment - Consumer services Media Seoul 1996 Media company
INCA Internet - Technology Software Seoul 2000 Software
Industrial Bank of Korea - Financials Banks Seoul 1961 Bank, (KRX: 024110)
iriver SK Group Consumer goods Personal goods Seoul 1999 Consumer electronics
Isu Group Isu Group Conglomerates - Seoul 1996 Chemical, financials, oil & gas
Jeju Air - Consumer services Travel & leisure Jeju City 2005 Airline
Jin Air Hanjin Consumer services Travel & leisure Seoul 2008 Airline
Jinwoo SMC - Industrials Electronic & electrical equipment Muju 1998 Aerial work platforms
JoongAng Ilbo - Consumer services Media Seoul 1965 Publishing
JTBC - Consumer services Media Seoul 2011 Broadcasting
JYP Entertainment - Consumer services Media Seoul 1997 Record label
KB Kookmin Bank - Financials Banks Seoul 1963 Bank
KCC Corporation - Basic materials Chemicals Seoul 1958 Chemical
Kia Motors Hyundai Motor Group Consumer goods Automobiles Seoul 1944 Automobile manufacturer
Kiswel Group Kiswel Group Conglomerates - Seoul 1969[22] Steel, retail, chemical
Korea Development Bank - Financials Banks Seoul 1954 Bank
Korea Electric Power Corporation - Utilities Electricity Naju 1961 Electric utility
Korea Thrunet - Telecommunications Fixed line telecommunications Seoul  ? Acquired by Hanaro in 2005
Korean Air Hanjin Consumer services Travel & leisure Seoul 1946 Airline
Korean Broadcasting System - Consumer services Media Seoul 1927 Television broadcasting
Koscom - Financials Financial services Seoul 1977 Financial services technology
KOTRA - Industrials Support services Seoul 1962 Korea trade-investment promotion agency
KR Motors Hyosung Consumer goods Automotive Changwon 1978 Motorcycles
KT Corporation KT Corporation Telecommunications Fixed line telecommunications Seongnam 1885 Telecommunications
Korea Tobacco & Ginseng Corporation - Consumer goods Tobacco Daejeon 1899 Tobacco products
Kumho Asiana Cultural Foundation Kumho Asiana Group Consumer services Travel & leisure Seoul 1977 Entertainment
Kumho Asiana Group Kumho Asiana Group Conglomerates - Seoul 1946 Airlines, tires, financials, leisure
Kumho Engineering and Construction Kumho Asiana Group Industrials Construction & materials Seoul 1967 Engineering
Kumho Investment Bank Kumho Asiana Group Financials Banks Gwangju 1974 Bank
Kumho KIFT Kumho Asiana Group Industrials Industrial transportation Gunpo 1998 Logistic
Kumho Tire Kumho Asiana Group Consumer goods Automobiles & parts Gwangju 1960 Tires
Kyobo Automobile Insurance Kyobo Life Insurance Company Financials Insurance Seoul 2001 Auto insurance
Kyobo Book Centre Kyobo Life Insurance Company Consumer services Retail Seoul 1980 Bookseller
Kyobo Life Insurance Company Kyobo Life Insurance Company Financials Insurance Seoul 1958 Life insurance
LG Chem LG Corporation Basic materials Chemicals Seoul 1947 Chemicals
LG CNS LG Corporation Technology Computer services Seoul 1987 I/T consulting
LG Corporation LG Corporation Conglomerates - Seoul 1947 Electronics, chemicals, telecom
LG Display LG Corporation Industrials Electronic & electrical equipment Seoul 1995 LCD panels
LG Electronics LG Corporation Industrials Electronic & electrical equipment Seoul 1958 Electronics
LG Uplus LG Corporation Telecommunications Mobile telecommunications Seoul 1996 Mobile provider
LOEN Entertainment LOEN Entertainment Consumer services Media Seoul 1978 Entertainment
Lotte Group Lotte Group Conglomerates - Seoul 1948 Food & beverage, financials, industrials
Lotte Capital Lotte Group Financials Financial services Seoul 1995 Financial services
Lotte Card Lotte Group Financials Financial services Seoul 2002 Credit cards
Lotte Chilsung Lotte Group Consumer goods Food & beverage Seoul 1950 Beverage
Lotte Confectionery Lotte Group Consumer goods Food & beverage Seoul 1967 Confections
Lotte Department Store Lotte Group Consumer services Retail Seoul 1979 Department stores
Lotte Global Logistics Lotte Group Industrials Industrial transportation Seoul 1988 Logistics
Lotte Hotels & Resorts Lotte Group Consumer services Travel & leisure Seoul 1973 Hotels
Lotte World Lotte Group Consumer services Travel & leisure Seoul 1989 Recreation complex
LS Cable & System LS Group Industrials General industries Anyang 1962 Cables
LS Group LS Group Industrials General industries Anyang 1936 Cables, industrial systems
Mando Corporation Halla Group Consumer goods Automobiles & parts Seongnam 1962 OEM parts
Maycom Co. - Consumer goods Personal goods Anyang 1994 Consumer electronics
Mirae Asset Group - Financials Financial services Seoul 1997 Financial services
M-Pio - Consumer goods Personal goods Seongnam 1998 Consumer electronics
Munhwa Broadcasting Corporation - Consumer services Media Seoul 1961 Broadcasting
Namhae Chemical Corporation - Basic materials Chemicals Yeosu 1974 Chemicals
Naver Corporation - Technology Internet Seongnam 1999 Software
NCsoft - Technology Software Pangyo 1997 Video games
Netmarble Games - Technology Software Seoul 2000 Video games
Nexen Tire - Consumer goods Automotive Yangsan 1942 Tires
Nexon - Technology Software Seoul 1994 Video games
Nongshim - Consumer goods Food & beverage Seoul 1965 Processed food
National Agricultural Cooperative Federation Nonghyup Conglomerates - Seoul 1961 Co-op
Nongshim Nongshim Consumer goods Food & beverage Seoul 1965 Food and beverage conglomerate
On-Media CJ Group Consumer services Media Seongnam 2000 broadcasting
Oriental Brewery Anheuser-Busch InBev (Belgium) Consumer goods Food & beverage Seoul 1952 Brewery
Orion Confectionery - Consumer goods Food & beverage Seoul 1956 Confectionery
Ottogi Ottogi Consumer goods Food & beverage Seoul 1969 Instant food
Pantech - Telecommunications Mobile telecommunications Seoul 1991 Mobile phones
Penta Security - Technology Software Seoul 1997 IT security
Phantagram - Technology Software Seoul 1994 Video games
Pledis Entertainment - Consumer services Media Seoul 2007 Record label
POSCO - Basic materials Basic resources Pohang 1968 Steel
Proto Motors - Consumer goods Automotive Seoul 1997 Automotive, defunct 2017
Renault Samsung Motors Renault (France) Consumer goods Automotive Busan 1994 Automotive manufacturer
S.M. Entertainment - Consumer services Media Seoul 1989 Record label
Samick - Consumer goods Personal goods Eumseong County 1958 Musical instruments
Samsung Samsung Conglomerates - Seoul 1938 Electronics, financials, retail, media
Samsung C&T Corporation Samsung Industrials Construction & materials Seoul 1938 Construction and engineering
Samsung Card Samsung Financials Financial services Seoul 1988 Credit cards
Samsung Digital Imaging Samsung Industrials Electronic equipment Seoul 2009 Optoelectronics
Samsung Economic Research Institute Samsung Industrials Support services Seoul 1986 Industrial think tank
Samsung Electro-Mechanics Samsung Industrials Electronic equipment Suwon 1973 Electronic components
Samsung Electronics Samsung Consumer goods Consumer electronics Suwon 1969 Consumer electronics
Samsung Engineering Samsung Industrials Industrial engineering Seoul 1970 Engineering
Samsung Fire & Marine Insurance Samsung Financials Insurance Seoul 1952 General insurance
Samsung Heavy Industries Samsung Industrials Industrial engineering Seoul 1974 Shipyard
Samsung Life Insurance Samsung Financials Insurance Seoul 1957 Life and health insurance
Samsung Medical Center Samsung Health care Health care providers Seoul 1994 Hospital
Samsung SDS Samsung Technology Computer services Seoul 1985 I/T consulting
Standard Chartered Korea Standard Chartered (UK) Financials Banks Seoul 1929 Bank
Seoul Broadcasting System - Consumer services Media Seoul 1991 Broadcasting
Shinhan Bank - Financials Banks Seoul 1897 Bank
Shinsegae Shinsegae Consumer services Retail Seoul 1955 Department stores
SK C&C SK Group Technology Computer services Seoul 1991 IT consulting
SK Group SK Group Conglomerates - Seoul 1953 Energy, chemicals, telecom, semiconductors
SK Hynix SK Group Technology Semiconductors Icheon 1983 Semiconductor, (KRX: 000660)
SK Telecom SK Group Telecommunications Mobile telecommunications Seoul 1984 Wireless
S-LCD Samsung Consumer goods Personal goods Asan 2004 Consumer electronics
Softmax - Technology Software Seoul 1994 Video games, (KRX: 052190)
S-Oil - Oil & gas Oil & gas producers Seoul 1977 Refinery
SsangYong Motor - Consumer goods Automobiles Seoul 1954 Automobile manufacturer
Starship Entertainment LOEN Entertainment Consumer services Media Seoul 2008 Record label
STX Corporation STX Corporation Conglomerates - Changwon 1976 Industrials, construction, financials
STX Offshore & Shipbuilding STX Corporation Industrials Industrial engineering Changwon 1962 Shipbuilder
TaeguTec Berkshire Hathaway US Basic materials Basic resources Daegu 1916 Metals
Taekwang Group Taekwang Group Conglomerates - Seoul 1950 Clothing, chemicals, industrials, financials
Taekwang Industry Taekwang Group Consumer goods Personal goods Seoul 1950 Clothing
TG Sambo - Consumer goods Personal goods Ansan 1980 Consumer electronics
The Chosun Ilbo - Consumer services Media Seoul 1920 Publishing
The Dong-a Ilbo The Dong-a Ilbo Media Group Consumer services Media Seoul 1920 Newspaper
T'way Airlines - Consumer services Travel & leisure Seoul 2010 Airline
WeMade Entertainment - Technology Software Seoul 2000 Video games, (KRX: 112040)
Woollim Entertainment S.M. Entertainment Consumer services Media Seoul 2003 Record label
Woori Bank Woori Bank Financials Banks Seoul 1899 Bank
Woori Investment & Securities Woori Bank Financials Financial services Seoul 1969 Financial services
YG Entertainment - Consumer services Media Seoul 1996 Record label
Young Chang - Consumer goods Personal goods Incheon 1956 Musical instruments
Yuhan - Basic materials Chemicals Seoul 1926 Chemicals

See also[edit]

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