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12 Celebrities Who Adopted Children from Asia

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This list contains information about celebrities who adopted children from Asia, loosely ranked by fame and popularity. Several famous actors, musicians, and politicians have adopted kids from Asia. Some of these celebrities adopted one child from Asia, while others adopted several times.

Who is the most famous person who has adopted a child from Asia? Angelina Jolie tops this list. Jolie has adopted three children, two of whom were born in Asia. Maddox was adopted at seven months old from Cambodia, and Pax Thien was adopted at three years old from Vietnam.

John McCain adopted his first wife Carol's two children, Douglas and Andrew, after the couple was married in 1965. With his wife Cindy, McCain later adopted his daughter, Bridget, from Bangladesh in 1993.

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  • Angelina Jolie
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    Angelina Jolie has adopted several children:

    -Maddox was adopted in 2002 at seven months old from Cambodia
    -Zahara Marley was adopted in 2005 at six months old from Ethiopia
    -Pax Thien was adopted in 2007 at three years old from Vietnam

    Jolie also gave birth to a daughter Shiloh (b. 2006) and twins Knox and Vivienne (b. 2008) with partner Brad Pitt.
    • Born: 1975
    • Age: 40
    • Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, USA

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  • Ewan McGregor and his wife, Eve Mavrakis, adopted two daughters from Mongolia: Jamyan in 2006 and Annouk in 2011.

    Mavrakis also gave birth to daughters Clara Mathilde (b. 1996) and Esther Rose (b. 2001).
    • Born: 1971-03-31
    • Age: 49
    • Birthplace: Perth, United Kingdom

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  • Katherine Heigl
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    Katherine Heigl and her husband, Josh Kelly, adopted two children. In 2009, Nancy Leigh was adopted as an infant from South Korea, and in 2012, Adalaide Marie Hope was adopted domestically as an infant.
    • Born: 1978-11-24
    • Age: 41
    • Birthplace: West End, Washington, D.C., United States of America

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  • Brad Pitt
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    With his partner Angelina Jolie, Brad Pitt has adopted three children: Maddox from Cambodia, Zahara Marley from Ethiopia, and Pax Thien from Vietnam. All three children were initially adopted by Jolie, and Pitt took the steps to become an adoptive parent in 2006, after the children were in the United States.

    Jolie also gave birth to their daughter Shiloh (b. 2006) and twins Knox & Vivienne (b. 2008).
    • Born: 1963-12-18
    • Age: 56
    • Birthplace: Shawnee, Oklahoma, United States of America

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