February 23, 2018 / 5:25 PM / a year ago

UPDATE 1-China's Geely buying $9 bln stake in Daimler - Bloomberg

(Adds details on deal, Daimler shareholders)

Feb 23 (Reuters) - China's Zhejiang Geely Holding Group Co is buying a stake worth about 7.5 billion euros ($9.22 billion) in Daimler AG to become the largest investor in the German automaker, Bloomberg reported, citing people familiar with the matter.

Hangzhou-based Zhejiang Geely has been building up a stake of just under 10 percent through purchases of Daimler's shares in the stock market in recent weeks, according to the report on Friday.

The Chinese automaker could announce the transaction in coming days, Bloomberg reported. (bloom.bg/2CFmcXq)

Zhejiang Geely owns Volvo, as well as the maker of London's black cabs and last year acquired a 49.9 percent stake in Malaysian automaker Proton.

Following the potential deal, Zhejiang Geely would surpass Kuwait Investment Authority, as Daimler's top shareholder.

Kuwait's sovereign wealth fund owned about 6.8 percent of Daimler's shares as Sept. 30, according to Thomson Reuters data.

Daimler declined to comment while Zhejiang Geely did not immediately respond to a request for comment. ($1 = 0.8131 euros) (Reporting by Ankit Ajmera in Bengaluru; Editing by Shounak Dasgupta)

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