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South Korea’s 10 Biggest Companies

As Asia’s fourth-largest economy, South Korea is a major player among the world’s top exporting nations.

Exports made up 53 percent of the Korean economy in 2011, according to the World Bank. That’s one of the highest rates globally, and much more than the world's No. 2 economy, China (29 percent) and emerging-market dynamo Brazil (12 percent). South Korean exports grew 19 percent last year.

Here's a look at the 10 biggest-listed South Korean companies by market cap that have benefited from the country’s export boom.

All of them are listed on the Korea Composite Stock Price Index, KOSPI. Rankings are based on market cap as of July 10, 2012.

Some of the companies on our list are global brands, while others aren’t well known outside of Asia.

Click ahead to find out.

By Rajeshni Naidu-GhelaniPosted July 20, 2012

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