Apple’s main supplier pal Foxconn is massive. With multiple mega-factories that can include up to 400,000 workers living on a cramped “campus,” it’s no surprise that Foxconn has quickly become one of the biggest companies in the world. They employ more people than Apple. Not only that, but they’re actually the 10th largest employer in the world, which is freaking enormous when you consider that the US Department of Defense is the world’s largest employer with 3.2 million employees. Foxconn, on the other hand, is just a few notches below them with 1.2million employees. Amazing!
A recent study by the BBC compiled a listing of the ten largest employers in the world. While Foxconn isn’t the biggest dog in the park yet, they impressively ranked in at number 10 in the world with 1.2million employees, most of which are employed at Foxconn’s factories that assemble gadgets like the iPhone and iPad. That’s comparable to the entire city of Dallas Texas working at one mega-company making your pretty little iPhone.
Only two countries have armies that are larger than Foxconn – China, and India – which might make it interesting if Foxconn’s labor conditions don’t improve and massive riots spill out onto the streets of China. The Chinese army isn’t even twice the size of Foxconn. Who would win in a battle of iPhones vs Bullets?