Chinese tech giant Tencent takes 5 pct stake in Tesla

(Corrects day in paragraph 1 to "Tuesday" from "Monday")

March 28 (Reuters) - Tesla Inc said on Tuesday that

Chinese tech giant Tencent Holdings Ltd has invested

$1.78 billion in the electric carmaker for a 5 percent passive

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 the company

as of March 24, Tesla said in a regulatory filing.

(Reporting by Rishika Sadam in Bengaluru; Editing by Anil

D'Silva)