Taiwan billionaire Terry Gou, whose Taipei-based Hon Hai Precision Industry is a major electronics supplier to Apple and HP, among other giant global brands, prayed at a temple in China’s Henan Province yesterday after he received a signal through his mobile phone there from the Chinese god Guan Yu, according to a report in the state-run Shanghai Daily newspaper today.
Gou said his mobile phone “suddenly vibrated and couldn’t be stopped when he previously visited the shrine in September,” according to the report in the newspaper. “Gou said that he then saw the date November 27 on his mobile phone screen and thought it was Guan showing him the power of his presence.”
Guan symbolises loyalty and is an “alternative wealth god protecting businesspeople from wickedness,” the paper said.
Gou was a focus of public criticism last year following a spate of suicides at his factories in southern China. He plans to invest in 19 projects in Henan, the newspaper said.
Hopefully Gou put in a good word for his shareholders to Guan, too. Hon Hai’s shares have tanked by about a quarter since May, and the outlook for the electronics industry next year has been hurt by slowing growth worldwide.
Gou ranked no. 5 on the 2011 Forbes Taiwan Rich List this year with wealth of $5.6 billion. -By Russell Flannery