Snap Inc.’s co-founders got richer by billions of dollars in just a few hours, after the company reported better-than-expected results as the coronavirus pandemic boosted usage of its app.

Shares soared as much as 25% to US$35.57 ($48.27) in late New York trading after the owner of the popular Snapchat mobile app said sales jumped 52% to US$678.7 million in the third quarter, with 249 million daily active users. The gains lifted the fortunes of Snap’s co-founders, Evan Spiegel and Bobby Murphy, by US$1.3 billion and US$1.4 billion, respectively, taking them to US$6.9 billion and US$7.2 billion, according to the Bloomberg Billionaires Index.

Wealth accumulation in the tech world has been eye-popping this year as the shift of everything from work, shopping, schooling and entertainment online in the Covid-19 economy has boosted demand for digital services. Zoom Video Communication Inc.’s Eric Yuan added US$6.6 billion to his net worth in just one day last month, and Amazon.com Inc.’s Jeff Bezos, the world’s richest person, saw his fortune swell by US$75 billion in 2020 to US$190 billion.

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