Samsung Overtakes HP as the World's Largest Tech Firm
Of course, first place in an industry can have its disadvantages. Three years ago, GM was the No.1 car company in the world; last year it filed for Chapter 11. Toyota (TM) took the top spot among auto firms and is now under tremendous pressure to fix gas pedal problems on nearly 8 million cars worldwide.
But for Samsung, so far so good, though it has had quality problems of its own, such as last year's recall of a small number of cellphones that might fail to complete "911" calls.
Making it to the top of an industry is good for bragging rights and boosts morale -- until there's a problem. And those almost always hit without warning.