Hyundai Group

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Hyundai Group
Founded1947;74 years ago (1947)
Founder Chung Ju-yung
Headquarters Seoul, South Korea
Hyundai Group
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Korean name
Revised Romanization Hyeondae
McCune–Reischauer Hyŏndae

Hyundai Group (IPA:  [ˈhjəːndɛ] ; [1] Korean : 현대그룹; Hanja : 現代그룹) was a South Korean conglomerate founded by Chung Ju-yung. The first company in the group was founded in 1947 as a construction company. With government assistance, Chung and his family members rapidly expanded into various industries, eventually becoming South Korea's second Enterprise Group. The company spun off many of its better known businesses after the 1997 Asian financial crisis, including Hyundai Motor Group, Hyundai Department Store Group, and Hyundai Heavy Industries Group. Chung Ju-yung was directly in control of the company until his death in 2001.


The Hyundai Group now focuses on elevators, container services, and tourism to Mount Kumgang. As of March 2007, Hyundai Engineering and Construction, which was later acquired by the Hyundai Motor Company, is the main shareholder of Hyundai Merchant Marine, which is the de facto holding company of Hyundai Group. Most companies bearing the name Hyundai are not legally connected to Hyundai Group. They include Hyundai Motor Group, Hyundai Department Store Group, Hyundai Heavy Industries Group and Hyundai Development Company. However, most of the former subsidiaries of the Hyundai conglomerate continue to be run by relatives of Chung. If these companies were considered as forming a single broad family business, then it would remain the largest company in South Korea with enormous economic and political power in the country.


The name "Hyundai" comes from the Korean word 現代 (hanja form), which means "modernity". [2]


The former headquarters of Hyundai in Seoul, South Korea Hdhq.jpg
The former headquarters of Hyundai in Seoul, South Korea

Affiliated companies

As of 2017, these are the affiliated companies of the Hyundai Group. [16]

Hyundai Motor Company

Hyundai branded vehicles are manufactured by Hyundai Motor Company, which along with Kia forms the Hyundai Kia Automotive Group. Headquartered in Seoul, South Korea, Hyundai operates in Ulsan the world's largest integrated automobile manufacturing facility, [2] which is capable of producing 1.6 million units annually. The company employs about 75,000 people around the world. Hyundai vehicles are sold in 193 countries through some 6,000 dealerships and showrooms worldwide. In 2012, Hyundai sold over 4.4 million vehicles worldwide. Popular models include the Sonata and Elantra mid-sized sedans. [17]

The Asan Foundation, established by Chung Ju-yung in 1977 with 50 percent of the stock of Hyundai Construction, subsidizes medical services in Korea primarily through the Asan Medical Center and six other hospitals. The foundation has sponsored conferences on Eastern ethics and funded academic research into traditional Korean culture. In 1991, it established the annual Filial Piety Award. [18]



Before restructuring (beginning circa 2000), Hyundai's major areas of activity included shipbuilding, car manufacture, construction, retailing, finance, and electronics. After founder Chung Ju-yung's death in 2001, the component companies of Hyundai were split off into separate companies.

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