Friday, 12 July 2013


From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia Jump to: navigation, search Sony Corporation Native name ソニー株式会社 Type Public Traded as TYO: 6758 NYSE: SNE Industry Conglomerate Founded 7 May 1946 Founder(s) Masaru Ibuka Akio Morita Headquarters Minato, Tokyo, Japan Area served Worldwide Key people Osamu Nagayama (Chairman of the Board) Kazuo Hirai (President & CEO) Products Consumer electronics Semiconductors Video games Media/Entertainment Computer hardware Telecom equipment Services Financial services, insurance, banking, credit finance and advertising agency Revenue US$ 72.349 billion (2013) Operating income US$ 2.448 billion (2013) Net income US$ 458 million (2013) Total assets US$ 151.131 billion (2013) Total equity US$ 28.523 billion (2013) Employees 146,300 (2013) Subsidiaries List of subsidiaries Website

Sony Corporation (ソニー株式会社, Sonī Kabushiki Gaisha?), commonly referred to as Sony, is a Japanese multinational conglomerate corporation headquartered in Kōnan Minato, Tokyo, Japan. Its diversified business is primarily focused on the electronics, game, entertainment and financial services sectors. The company is one of the leading manufacturers of electronic products for the consumer and professional markets. Sony is ranked 87th on the 2012 list of Fortune Global 500.

Sony Corporation is the electronics business unit and the parent company of the Sony Group, which is engaged in business through its four operating segments – Electronics (including video games, network services and medical business), Motion pictures, Music and Financial Services. These make Sony one of the most comprehensive entertainment companies in the world. Sony's principal business operations include Sony Corporation (Sony Electronics in the U.S.), Sony Pictures Entertainment, Sony Computer Entertainment, Sony Music Entertainment, Sony Mobile Communications (formerly Sony Ericsson), and Sony Financial. Sony is among the Worldwide Top 20 Semiconductor Sales Leaders and third-largest television manufacturer in the world, after Samsung Electronics and LG Electronics.

The Sony Group (ソニー・グループ, Sonī Gurūpu?) is a Japan-based corporate group primarily focused on the Electronics (such as AV/IT products and components), Game (such as PlayStation), Entertainment (such as motion pictures and music), and Financial Services (such as insurance and banking) sectors. The group consists of Sony Corporation (holding and electronics), Sony Computer Entertainment (games), Sony Pictures Entertainment (motion pictures), Sony Music Entertainment (music), Sony/ATV Music Publishing (music publishing), Sony Financial Holdings (financial services) and others.

Its founders Akio Morita and Masaru Ibuka derived the name from sonus, the Latin word for sound, and also from the English slang word "sonny", since they considered themselves to be "sonny boys", a loan word into Japanese which in the early 1950s connoted smart and presentable young men.

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