What All Investors Should Know About Israel
Over the past 67 years, Israel has emerged as a dynamic and energetic country with one of the fastest growing economies in the world. Israel's best natural resource is its highly-educated, skilled, and innovative workforce which has attained major results:
- Growth in numbers: Industrial exports, excluding diamonds, jumped from USD 5 million in 1948 to an impressive USD 47 billion in 2014. Israel's exports exceed USD 3 billion.
- Israel's reputation: Israel has a global reputation as a leader in the fields of technology and innovation. The country's high-tech sector is in the midst of major growth. Approximately 300 start-ups raised a record-breaking USD 3.4 billion in 2014 alone. In that same year, more than 80 start-ups were sold for a total exceeding USD 7 billion.
- Leading technologies: Israel's cyber-security technologies claim 10% of the worlds' investments.
- Foreign Direct Investment: The bulk of FDI in Israel is concentrated in the high-tech sector – According to the Bank of Israel, FDI amounted to USD 870 million in February 2015 and USD 6.4 billion in 2014.
- Research & Development: Foreign multinational companies operate more than 200 R&D centers in Israel. For example, Microsoft opened its first R&D center outside of the US in Israel, and has recently opened another. Following suit, Apple also opened its largest R&D center outside of the United States in Israel.
- Development: As of 2013, Israel ranks 19th among 187 nations on the UN's Human Development Index.
- More Exchange Listings: Israel has more NASDAQ listed companies than any other country after the USA, and has more than 70 companies listed on various European exchanges.
Investments in Israeli companies: Warren Buffet's first foreign acquisition was in Israel. In 2006, Mr. Buffet's Berkshire Hathaway made its first (and only) private acquisition outside of the US when it purchased 80% of the private Israeli company Iscar, Ltd. for USD 4 billion. Warren Buffet just recently put more money into Israel by investing over USD 22 million in an Israeli startup that has developed ways for mobile networks to cut their energy costs.
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