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20. Samsung Electronics
Samsung Electronics
Financials: Latest Results
Rank: 20 (Previous rank: 22)
CEO: Oh-Hyun Kwon
Employees: 221,726
Address: 1320-10 Seocho 2-dong
Seoul, 137-857
Country: South Korea
Website: www.samsung.com

It was a banner year for Samsung despite a lawsuit from Apple alleging the company had copied the iPad and iPhone's "look and feel." Samsung's Galaxy S II smartphone sold more than 10 million units worldwide, which helped propel the company to the number one spot in smartphones globally. And for the sixth consecutive year, Samsung cornered the TV market, selling nearly 48 million TV units and capturing a 27% share globally. All that helped drive revenues up 11% year-over-year to $149 billion. -- J.P.M.

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  $ millions % change from 2010
Revenues 148,944.4 11.3
Profits 12,059.1 -11.8
Assets 135,131.8 --
Stockholders' equity 84,744.1 --
Profits as % of  
Revenues 8.1
Assets 8.924
From the July 23, 2012 issue
Figures prepared in accordance with International Accounting Standards.
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China 73
Japan 68
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($ millions)
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Exxon Mobil $41,060
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