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LG Corp.

? LG
Formerly called
Lucky-Gold Star (1958-1995)
Traded as KRX: 003550
Industry Conglomerate
Founded 5 January 1947; 71 years ago (1947-01-05)
Founder Koo In-Hwoi
Headquarters Seoul, South Korea
Area served
Key people
Koo Kwang-mo
(Nominated Chairman and CEO after Koo Bon-moo death)
Koo Bon-joon
(Vice Chairman)
Kang Yu-sig
(Vice Chairman and Co-CEO)
Cho Jun-ho
(President and COO)
Products Electronics, chemicals, telecommunications, engineering, information technology, power generation
Revenue US$143 billion (2012)[1]
Number of employees
222,000 (2012)[1]
Subsidiaries LG Electronics
LG Display
LG Uplus
LG Chem
LG Life Sciences
LG Solar Energy
LG Household & Health Care
Website lgcorp.com
Korean name
Hangul LG
Hanja LG
Revised Romanization LG Beobin
McCune-Reischauer LG P?bin
Hangul ?
Hanja ?
Revised Romanization Leogki Geumseong
McCune-Reischauer L?kki K?ms?ng
Stake ownership structures (As of 2012)
An LG microwave oven
LG's ad campaigns have sometimes utilized celebrities such as South Korean pop girl group Girls' Generation for their products, such as this for the LG Cookie cell phone in 2010.
LG Side-By-Side Refrigerator (KF-P8903 HLP)

LG Corporation (Hangul? LG), formerly Lucky-GoldStar (Korean: Leogki Geumseong; Hangul?; Hanja?), is a South Korean multinational conglomerate corporation. It is the fourth-largest chaebol in South Korea. It is headquartered in the LG Twin Towers building in Yeouido-dong, Yeongdeungpo-gu, Seoul.[2] LG makes electronics, chemicals, and telecom products and operates subsidiaries such as LG Electronics, Zenith, LG Display, LG Uplus , LG Innotek and LG Chem in over 80 countries.


LG Corp. established as Rak-Hui Chemical Industrial Corp. in 1947.[3] In 1952, Rak-Hui (pronounced "Lucky", currently LG Chem) became the first South Korean company to enter the plastics industry. As the company expanded its plastics business, it established GoldStar Co. Ltd. (currently LG Electronics Inc.) In 1958, both companies Lucky and GoldStar merged and formed Lucky-GoldStar.

GoldStar produced South Korea's first radio. Many consumer electronics were sold under the brand name GoldStar, while some other household products (not available outside South Korea) were sold under the brand name of Lucky. The Lucky brand was famous for hygiene products such as soaps and HiTi laundry detergents, but the brand was mostly associated with its Lucky and Perioe toothpaste. Even today, LG continues to manufacture some of these products for the South Korean market, such as laundry detergent.

In 1995, to compete better in the Western market, the Lucky-GoldStar Corporation was renamed "LG". The company also associates the letters LG with the company's tagline "Life's Good". Since 2009, LG has owned the domain name LG.com.

Joint ventures

Since 2001, LG had two joint ventures with Royal Philips Electronics: LG Philips Display and LG Philips LCD, but Philips sold off its shares in late 2008.[4] In 2005, LG entered into a joint venture with Nortel Networks, creating LG-Nortel Co. Ltd.

International markets

On 30 November 2012, comScore released a report of the October 2012 U.S. Mobile Subscriber Market Share that found LG lost its place as second in the U.S. mobile market share to Apple Inc.[5]

On 20 January 2013, Counterpoint Research announced that LG has overtaken Apple to become second largest in U.S. market share.[6]

On 7 August 2013, comScore released a report of the June 2013 U.S. Smartphone Subscriber Market Share that found LG fell to fifth place in the U.S mobile market share.[7]

The company logo of LG features a circle containing the letters "L" and "G", presented in the form of a smiling human face.[8][9]

The audio logo is used in radio commercial and TV commercial that is 7 note jingle for LG.[]

Associated companies

Structure and financial position

LG Corporation is a holding company that operates worldwide through more than 30 companies in the electronics, chemical, and telecom fields. Its electronics subsidiaries manufacture and sell products ranging from electronic and digital home appliances to televisions and mobile telephones, from thin-film transistor liquid-crystal displays to security devices and semiconductors. In the chemical industry, subsidiaries manufacture and sell products including cosmetics, industrial textiles, rechargeable batteries and toner products, polycarbonates, medicines, and surface decorative materials. Its telecom products include long-distance and international phone services, mobile and broadband telecommunications services, as well as consulting and telemarketing services. LG also operates the Coca-Cola Korea Bottling Company, manages real estate, offers management consulting, and operates professional sports clubs.

Fields of activity Companies 2013 Division revenue (in billions USD)
Holding company LG Corp. US$8.8 billion[10]
Electronic industry LG Electronics
LG Display
LG Innotek
LG Siltron
US$55.8 billion[11]
US$25.9 billion[12]
US$5.9 billion[13]
Chemical industry LG Chem
LG Household & Health Care
LG Hausys
LG Life Sciences
US$22.2 billion[14]
US$4.1 billion[15]
US$2.6 billion[16]
Telecommunication and Services LG Uplus
LG International Corp.
LG N-Sys
US$11 billion[17]
US$11.6 billion[18]

Group families[19]

Electronics industries

Chemical industries


Sports sponsorship

LG has owned the LG Twins and Changwon LG Sakers.

Brand Ambassadors


  1. ^ a b "LG overview". LG corp. Retrieved . 
  2. ^ "Overview." LG Corp. Retrieved on 6 January 2010. "Address: LG Twin Towers, 20 Yeouido-dong, Yeongdeungpo-gu, Seoul 150-721, Korea"
  3. ^ LG History Archived 19 November 2008 at the Wayback Machine.
  4. ^ LG Display shares drop 5.4 percent on Philips stake sale. Reuters. Retrieved on 11 November 2010.
  5. ^ comScore Reports October 2012 U.S. Mobile Subscriber Market Share - comScore, Inc. Comscore.com (2012-11-30). Retrieved on 2013-07-12.
  6. ^ (in Korean) LG Electronics returns to 2nd place in U.S. handset market. Yonhap News (2013-01-20). Retrieved on 2013-07-12.
  7. ^ comScore Reports June 2013 U.S. Smartphone Subscriber Market Share - comScore, Inc. Comscore.com (2013-08-07). Retrieved on 2013-08-14.
  8. ^ "Our Brand". LG Electronics. Retrieved 2013. 
  9. ^ "LG Logo: Design and History". FamousLogos.net. Retrieved . 
  10. ^ "Lg Corp (003550:Korea SE)". businessweek.com. Retrieved . [permanent dead link]
  11. ^ "Lg Electronics Inc (066570:Korea SE)". businessweek.com. Retrieved . [permanent dead link]
  12. ^ "Lg Display Co Ltd (034220:Korea SE)". businessweek.com. Retrieved . [permanent dead link]
  13. ^ "Lg Innotek Co Ltd (011070:Korea SE)". businessweek.com. Retrieved . [permanent dead link]
  14. ^ "Lg Chem Ltd (051910:Korea SE)". businessweek.com. Retrieved . [permanent dead link]
  15. ^ "Lg Household & Health Care (051900:Korea SE)". businessweek.com. Retrieved . [permanent dead link]
  16. ^ "Lg Hausys Ltd (108670:Korea SE)". businessweek.com. Retrieved . [permanent dead link]
  17. ^ "Lg Uplus Corp (032640:Korea SE)". businessweek.com. Retrieved . [permanent dead link]
  18. ^ "Lg International Corp (001120:Korea SE)". businessweek.com. Retrieved . [permanent dead link]
  19. ^ LG.com. "Our Businesses - The Official Site of LG Group". www.lgcorp.com. 

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