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Foxconn's Terry Gou Knows Why Alibaba is So Successful

Terry Gou, chairman of Hon Hai Precision Industry Co., during the company's annual general meeting in the Tucheng district of New Taipei, Taiwan, on June 26, 2013.  Photographer: Ashley Pon/Bloomberg
Terry Gou, chairman of Hon Hai Precision Industry Co., during the company's annual general meeting in the Tucheng district of New Taipei, Taiwan, on June 26, 2013. Photographer: Ashley Pon/Bloomberg

Alibaba's looming IPO is set to break a few records, raise a lot of cash and make some people very rich. A success story from every angle.

Terry Gou -- the Man Who Makes Your iPhone -- also knows a bit about success. Having grown his company from a maker of plastic TV knobs to a million-strong army assembling all the latest gadgets, the founder and chairman of Foxconn has never been shy to share his views on everything from taxation policy to international territorial disputes.