China to Buy a Stake in Blackstone – Andrew Ross Sorkin & David Barboza

From the New York Times:

The Chinese government said yesterday that it would acquire a $3 billion stake in the Group, the private equity firm, in the country’s first effort to diversify its $1.2 trillion in foreign-exchange reserves beyond United States Treasury bills and into commercial enterprise.

The deal, which is set to coincide with Blackstone’s $4 billion initial public offering this year, will give China a roughly 8 percent stake in Blackstone, which owns companies that have 375,000 employees and $83 billion in annual sales. [Full text]

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