TAIPEI, Taiwan's richest man Terry Gou said
Friday he would cede control of his company Foxconn to a committee, leaving
the Applesupplier tech behemoth in uncharted waters while he runs for
Gou has been at the helm of Foxconn, the world's largest electronics
assembler, for more than four decades but has set his sights on becoming
Taiwan's next president.
The island goes to the polls in January, with the contest set to be
dominated by relations with China.
Gou whose company is China's largest private employer is seeking to
run as presidential candidate for the Beijingfriendly Kuomintang (KMT)
although he still has to win a party primary.
As that contest intensifies, Gou announced plans to hand the reins at
Foxconn to a ninemember committee of trusted lieutenants.
I have decided to fade out of Hon Hai and it's been decided that the
company's operations will be handed over to the ninemember team in the
operations committee, Gou said at the start of a shareholder meeting, using
Foxconn's official name.
I have a lot of confidence in them. I think every shareholder can rest
assured that they can do better than me, he added.
Also known by its official name Hon Hai Precision Industry, Foxconn is the
world's largest contract electronics maker and assembles gadgets for major
international brands including Apple and Huawei.
The bulk of Gou's investments are in China, employing more than one
million workers in the country where cheap labour helped fuel his company's
His foray into politics came in April, when he announced that the sea
goddess Matsu had encouraged him to run for the presidency.
His chief challenger within the KMT is Han Kuoyu, a populist local mayor
and political outsider who has drawn huge rallies of supporters in recent
The KMT primary is expected to be announced in midJuly.
Whoever wins will be up against President Tsai Ingwen, who is looking to
win a second term. She hails from the much more Beijingsceptical Democratic
Since Tsai's 2016 election, Beijing has cut communication with her
government, ramped up military drills and poached several of Taiwan's
dwindling diplomatic allies because Tsai refuses to acknowledge that the
selfruled island is part of one China.
Both Gou and Han have spoken of wanting to reset ties with Beijing.
Critics accuse both of being too close to China's leaders while Gou's huge
investments in the mainland have raised fears of a conflict of interest.
Source: Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha (BSS)