By the Numbers: Southeast Asia’s Investments in the United States

The data driving Asia
It is a well-known fact that U.S. businesses have nearly three times more investment in ASEAN than they have in China. However, it comes as a surprise to many that companies from Southeast Asia have also been very active in the United States. Malaysian, Singaporean, and Thai companies, in particular, have made their marks in different sectors of the U.S. economy. We look at the trends and impacts of Southeast Asian investments to the United States by the numbers.

$23.5 billion

The amount of Singaporean stock foreign direct investment (FDI) in the United States. Singapore’s is the third largest Asian foreign investor in the United States, after Japan and Australia.


The increase in Malaysian stock investment in the United States from 2010 to 2011. Malaysia’s investments to the United States reached $646 million in 2011, driven mostly by wholesale trading and manufacturing.

Source: Edward de La Torre's flickr photostream, used under a creative commons license.

Cities in California, such as Los Angeles, are the site of significant Southeast Asian investments in the United States. Source: Edward de La Torre’s flickr photostream, used under a creative commons license.


The number of acquisitions by Thai companies in the United States since 2007. An average Thai acquisition is valued at around $205 million dollars, with many investors pursuing materials businesses, consumer products, finance, and healthcare and telecommunications services.


The attractiveness ranking of the state of California to Thai investors, on a 100 point index. The index was formulated as part of a University of Maryland research project sponsored by the Thai Embassy in Washington, D.C. Other U.S. states that are most popular with Thai investors are Texas, New York, Michigan, and Tennessee.