Steve’s favorite Chinese company just surpassed Facebook in valuation
Chinese internet giant Tencent has surpassed Facebook in terms of market value just a day after it became the first Asian technology firm to reach the $500 billion valuation mark.
Tencent shares hit a record high of 439.6 Hong Kong dollars during Asian trading hours on Tuesday, giving it a market capitalization of 4.17 trillion Hong Kong dollars ($534.5 billion).
The Chinese firm’s value overtook Facebook’s $519.4 billion market capitalization, which was hit at the close of the U.S. markets on Monday.
Also Monday, Tencent beat Alibaba to become the first Chinese technology company to hit the $500 billion market capitalization mark. Tencent is also within touching distance of Amazon’s $542.7 billion valuation.
Tencent went public in Hong Kong in 2004 at 3.70 Hong Kong dollars per share. Since then, it has rallied over 11,000 percent. Tencent’s stock this year alone is up 126.69 percent.
Still, the company is not well-known outside of China, but owns the country’s most popular messaging service, WeChat, which has close to 1 billion users. Tencent is a sprawling business that spans gaming, social media, news and content.
Crux note: Back in May, Steve Sjuggerud told us why Tencent will one day become the largest company in the entire world. Read his write-up on the company right here.