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22. Samsung Electronics
Samsung Electronics
Rank: 22 (Previous rank: 32)
CEO: Geesung Choi
Employees: 190,500
Address: 1320-10 Seocho 2-dong
Seoul  137-857
Country: South Korea
Website: www.samsung.com

Samsung is vying fiercely for a dominant position in the tablet PC market, and the competition has gotten rough. Samsung and Apple have been embroiled in a series of lawsuits since April, when Apple first accused Samsung of copying key elements of its iPhone and iPad devices.

Phones are a critical market to Samsung, which sold 280 million mobile devices during 2010, a 23% increase from 2009. Indeed, Samsung's telecom arm was one of the few that made a profit in the first part of 2011. The company continues to deal with the aftermath of the devastating earthquake in Japan, greater uncertainty surrounding the cost of raw materials, and slow PC sales. --S.D.


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  $ millions % change from 2009
Revenues 133,780.5 22.8
Profits 13,668.7 80.8
Assets 118,347.4 --
Stockholders' equity 75,429.2 --
Profits as % of  
Revenues 10
Assets 11.5
From the July 25, 2011 issue
Figures prepared in accordance with International Accounting Standards.
Editor's note: Chrysler Group was erroneously omitted from the Global 500 listing. With revenue of $41.9 billion, Chrysler ranks No.205 among all the companies in the world and 61st in the U.S. As a result, Bristol-Myers Squibb, which had ranked No.500, falls off the list. Updates may be found for the full list, rankings by country, and the list of arrivals. Fortune regrets the error.
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