Established in 1958, Lucky GoldStar is now called LG Electronics. It makes electrical home appliances, from flat-panel TVs to mobile devices, laptops, air conditioners, washing machines and refrigerators.
Its joint venture with Philips is the second largest LCD TV provider on the planet. The fourth biggest supplier of mobile phones, LG began selling GPRS phones in Europe in 2002. By 2006, one of its sweetest confections so far -- the LG Chocolate -- was shifting 7.5 million units worldwide.
LG latest displays are so slim you could wallpaper your living room with them. At the 2012 CES tech show, we gawped at the wafer-thin 55-inch Super OLED TV, measuring just 4mm deep. The firm recently revealed it's buddying up with Google to lay waste to the last remnants of our attention spans, by making Internet integration a central part of the TV viewing experience.
LG has been at the forefront of web integration for over a decade, launching the world's first Internet refrigerator in 2000. The inaugural Internet washing machine, air conditioner and microwave oven followed a year later. And how did we ever cope without them?