LinkedIn reaches 100m users in Asia


Microsoft-owned LinkedIn has passed the 100 million user-mark in the Asia Pacific region, driven mainly by India, according to new data.


The business-based social network counts India has its second largest userbase after the home market with 37 million members.

LinkedIn said Asia Pacific region (APAC) has seen the member base doubling in two years and now represents 22 per cent of LinkedIn's global member base of over 450 million, LinkedIn said in a statement.

China accounts for more than 23 million members, while Australia has 8 million members in APAC region, it added.

The member base across Southeast Asia has also risen hitting 18 million, including 6 million in Indonesia, 4 million in the Philippines, 3 million in Malaysia, and 1 million in Singapore.

"The rapid pace at which we doubled our member base from 50 to 100 million members makes this milestone even more special. At this scale, LinkedIn is in an even stronger position to help members connect to economic opportunity, whether it's a new job, a promotion or other business opportunities," LinkedIn Asia Pacific and Japan Managing Director Olivier Legrand said.

Legrand added that 40 per cent or 280 million of the world's professionals are living and working in Asia Pacific and therefore, there is still plenty of runway for LinkedIn to grow.

"As the region continues to gain momentum as a key economic driver, we can't wait to see our members become even more successful and extend their influence across the world," he said.
In addition to their local connections, the top three countries Indian members are connected comprise the US, the UAE and the UK.

In June, technology giant Microsoft had announced that it will acquire LinkedIn in an all-cash transaction valued at USD 26.2 billion that is expected to close this calendar year.

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