Part­ner­ing with the Cu­per­tino colos­sus has done won­ders for Tai­wanese sup­pli­ers—and plenty of oth­ers, too.

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The peo­ple get­ting rich off Ap­ple. Plus: Tai­wan’s ten rich­est peo­ple.

IN MID-JUNE, Ap­ple CEO Tim Cook tweeted a photo of the com­pany’s soon-to-open store in Taipei. The shop is the first of its kind in Tai­wan, but Ap­ple has al­ready made a sub­stan­tial im­pact on the is­land na­tion. Long open to for­eign in­vest­ment, Tai­wan has years of ex­pe­ri­ence work­ing with tech giants even as John­ny­come-lately China at­tempts to woo them away.

Eleven of Tai­wan’s rich­est ty­coons owe sig­nif­i­cant por­tions of their wealth to Ap­ple, but they’re not the only ones who ben­e­fit from a part­ner­ship with the world’s most valu­able pub­lic com­pany. Shown at right are the key entrepreneurs whose fates are most closely tied to Ap­ple’s. Such sym­bio­sis is pro­pi­tious in a year like the 12 months just past, in which Ap­ple shares jumped by more than 50% to their all-time high. For the most part, its part­ners’ shares fol­lowed suit.

Listed at far right are Tai­wan’s ten wealth­i­est peo­ple across all in­dus­tries—proof pos­i­tive that de­spite its small pop­u­la­tion (just 23 mil­lion) and its 800-pound foe just across the Tai­wan Strait, the coun­try ranks among the globe’s eco­nomic giants. Per capita, Tai­wan’s GDP is north of $22,000 a year—two and a half times that of China. For more, please see­wan.

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