The Chinese Maker of WeChat Is Now One of Tesla's Biggest Shareholders

A vacant Tesla charging station on a parking lot in Weifang, Shangdong province, China on Sept. 1, 2016. Zhang Peng—LightRocket/Getty Images

Tesla said on Tuesday that Chinese tech giant Tencent Holdings has invested $1.78 billion in the electric carmaker for a 5% stake.

Tencent, best known for its WeChat mobile app, has been investing in a number of sectors, including gaming, entertainment, cloud computing and online financing.

Tencent now owns more than 8 million shares in Tesla as of March 24, the carmaker said, making the Chinese company one of its biggest shareholders. (

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Elon Musk-led Tesla has been raising capital as it readies for the launch of its mass-market Model 3 sedan.

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The company raised about $1.2 billion by selling common shares and convertible debt earlier this month.

Musk is Tesla’s top shareholder, with a stake of about 21% as of Dec. 31.

Tesla’s shares were up 1.7% at $274.76 in premarket trading on Tuesday.

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