The Samsung Group (Korean: 삼성 그룹, Hanja: 三星 그룹 Samsŏng Kŭrup) (KRX: 005930, KRX: 005935) is the world's largest conglomerate by revenue, headquarted in Seocho Samsung Town, Seoul, South Korea. It is South Korea's largest chaebol and composed of numerous international affilated businesses, most of them united under the Samsung brand, including Samsung Electronics, the world's largest electronics company, Samsung Heavy Industries, one of the world's largest shipbuilders and Samsung Engineering & Construction, a major global construction company. These three multinationals form the core of Samsung Group and reflect its name - the meaning of the Korean word Samsung is "tristar" or "three stars".
Samsung has been the world's most popular consumer electronics brand since 2005 and is the best known South Korean brand in the world. Samsung Group accounts for more than 20% of South Korea's total exports and is the leader in many domestic industries, such as the financial, chemical, retail and entertainment industries. The company's strong influence in South Korea is visible throughout the nation, which has been referred to as the "Republic of Samsung".