BANGKOK During Thailand's boom years, between 1986 and 1996, business owners didn't have to look far beyond their own national borders to guarantee healthy profits. Growth nationally ticked along at 7% and the country's burgeoning middle class proved a big enough market to keep sales buoyant. For the past 20 years, however, Thailand's economic rise has stuttered, so company heads have increasingly looked abroad for new customers.
Thailand's empire-building tycoons
Cashed-up execs are snapping up everything from delis to department stores abroad