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Such deals have propelled e-commerce site Wish up the ranks of the most valuable US unicorns, and have made its co-founders Silicon Valley’s latest paper billionaires.
Peter Szulczewski and Danny Zhang each own about a $1.3 billion stake on paper, according to an analysis by EquityZen, a marketplace for shares in pre-IPO technology companies.
The popularity of its inexpensive products has given Wish a hefty price tag. The startup raised around $250 million at an $8.5 billion valuation in September, according to news site Axios.
Wish is a mobile app that allows consumers to buy discounted goods directly from Chinese merchants or suppliers. The San Francisco-based company now has more than 500 million users worldwide, according to its website.