BEIJING (Reuters) - Intel Capital, the investment arm of Intel Corp (INTC.O), announced on Tuesday a new $500 million China investment fund aimed at wireless broadband, media telecommunications and clean technology companies.
“We aim to foster innovation and local entrepreneurship throughout the world,” Arvind Sodhani, president of Intel Capital, told reporters.
Intel Capital did not say how much it has earned, only that it aims to achieve a 20 percent return on its investments.
The Intel Capital China Technology Fund II comes after the company’s first $200 million China Technology Fund in 2005, its largest single-country technology fund at the time.
The new fund is also the largest of its kind for a single country for Intel Capital.
“That should give you a pretty good idea of the importance and size of Intel’s commitment to China,” said Sodhani.
The first fund has invested in approximately 30 Chinese firms and was originally expected to take up to seven years to be fully invested.
“We managed to invest that fund in three years,” he said.
Since 1991, Intel Capital has invested more than $7.5 billion in about 1,000 companies in 45 countries.
Intel Corp provides all the capital for Intel Capital, allowing it to take a long term view on investments, which can last as long as 10 years.
In 1998, Intel Capital had less than 5 percent of its portfolio invested outside the United States. That figure had grown to 37 percent by last year.
Reporting by Kirby Chien; Editing by Ken Wills and Edmund Klamann