Terry Gou: Taiwan’s Technological Genius

Terry Gou

Terry Gou is the brains and businessman behind the manufacturing of the screen you’re likely reading this on. 

Terry Gou
Terry Go (Photo By 江博云 – Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0)

FoxConn, also known as Hon Hai, is the name of the business Gou began in 1974 and led for 45 years. FoxConn employs over a million people and is the largest private employer in China. It currently operates with factories in several continents producing screens for Apple, including popular products like iPhones and iPads.

Gou is a successful CEO but has had some controversies in the past surrounding his employees, according to Forbes:

Gou’s company, though known globally as a manufacturing giant, has acquired a bad reputation due to the spate of suicides committed by Foxconn workers.

Today, Gou (also known as Guo Tai Ming) is 73 years old. His origins are from the Banqiao District in Taipei County, Taiwan. He has four children: Shou-Shan, Shan-Zheng, Xiao-Ling and Xiao-Ru. He has married a couple times but is currently married to 47-year-old Delia Tseng.

Gou has a net worth of U$6.3 billion, and according to Forbes is the sixth richest person in Taiwan.

Foxconn plant in China (By Steve Jurvetson from Menlo Park, USA – glue worksUploaded by Zolo, CC BY 2.0)

It’s disappointing that he is not investing in environmentally sustainable practices. With as much money as Gou has, he should invest in environmentally sustainable strategies, given that the world may start running out of resources and have a scarce amount by the year 2050.

This is a concerning prediction because 2050 is only 30 years away and most of us will experience these effects in our lifetime. Gou should use his wealth and power to implement environmental regulations with FoxConn as that company produces massive amounts of plastic.


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