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Foxconn faces successor challenge as Gou enters Taiwan politics

A look at the key lieutenants in the running to take reins at key Apple supplier

TAIPEI -- Foxconn chairman Terry Gou’s decision to run for the Taiwanese presidency has raised questions about the future of his $41 billion tech empire, not least who will be chosen to run the business at a time when its largest client Apple is suffering an unprecedented decline in sales of its iconic iPhones.

The 69-year-old Gou, who is a follower of Taoism, consulted the sea goddess, Mazu, about his decision at her temple in New Taipei City on the morning of April 17. Hundreds journalists and the faithful jostled for position in the temple waiting for Gou’s arrival. Many of those present called out to Gou to run for the presidency. 

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