“It’s none of your business!” unwitting workers tell CEO

by Nicola Middlemiss02 Dec 2015
CEOs and top executives often have very minimal interaction with front-line staff but the lack of face-time can come back to bite both parties – just like it did this week for one multi-billionaire boss.

Self-made success Terry Gou founded what is now the world’s largest manufacturing contractor back in 1974, making plastic parts for television sets from a rented shed in Taipei.

The Taiwanese-born business mogul began with less than S$10,500 and just 10 workers but his company Foxconn is now comprised of over a million employees and takes the title as the world’s 10th biggest employer.

Despite his heavyweight reputation, two workers at his factory in Shenzhen failed to recognise Gou as he carried out a site inspection.

The global manufacturing magnate had just finished lunch when he caught two employees smoking outside of the canteen in a designated no smoking area.

Ghou, who is worth approximately S$66 billion and has factories all over the globe, intervened and asked them to stop.

Unexpectedly, the workers responded; “Who are you? It’s none of your f*****g business.”

Understandably angered by the employees’ disrespectful retaliation, Ghou fired the pair on the spot.

Incredibly, the embarrassing moment was caught on camera and Ghou can be heard saying; “If he doesn’t fix you, I will fix you. Foxconn doesn’t need staff like you.”

 

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