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May, 1988, in Taipei with $900,000 in working capital.CHAIRMAN AND FOUNDER
Barry Lam, 52, born in Shanghai, raised in Hong Kong, educated in Taiwan, where he received his engineering degree.EMPLOYEES
5,200, up from 4,600 a year ago.DIVERSIFICATION STRATEGY
Expand into everything from mobile phones and Internet appliances to servers and flat-panel displays.LAM'S CORPORATE PHILOSOPHY
"We don't want to be a contract manufacturer--everybody can do that. The next trend is to be an intelligence-intensive company."