How does Angelina Jolie invest in Cambodia?

You must have heard about “Lara Croft: Tomb Raider”, the first movie that made Angelina Jolie become an internationally known actress. Now, did you know that some scenes were shot in Cambodia?, Specifically at the Angkor Archaeological Park in Siem Reap. The film was a 90 million dollar budget. Cambodia didn’t earn much financially from that. However, what Angelina Jolie brings back to Cambodia is enormous.  The movie being located in Cambodia was the reason which led Angelina Jolie to adopt a child from Cambodia



Maddox was adopted by Brad and Angelina in Cambodia in 2002. He was seven months old at the time. Even though he was raised in America, he is still very connected to Cambodia and appears in the public very often. He showed his interest in getting himself involved in developing a few projects in Cambodia, for example Maddox Jolie-Pitt Foundation.

Maddox actually studied biochemistry at the Yonsei University in South Korea. Referencing his college degree in a 2019 interview with ET.

What else, you might ask? Well, the first time she produced a movie, it was set in Cambodia. “First They Killed My Father” was a 22 million dollar budget Netflix movie. The entire set and crew were from Cambodia. This connected and benefited several Cambodian film stars, producers, and directors.

Rithy Panh was one of the directors that benefited from Angelina Jolie. He is now one of the biggest Cambodian film directors that is recognized internationally. 



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Besides the Film Industry Angelina Jolie has also been involved in real estate investments. She has bought several hectares of land in the northern part of Cambodia. Her reason for doing this was to protect the jungle area through the Maddox Jolie-Pitt Foundation.


Since 2020, she has been a supporter of the “Women for Bees” program in Battmabang. She has her mind in Cambodia. Sooner or later she will earn Cambodian citizenship.

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