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[LONDON] A horde of traders on Reddit clinging to the establishment in search of sharply discounted stocks are contributing billions to the prosperity of some of the ultra-rich in the world.

Larry Chen, chairman and chief executive officer (CEO) of GSX Techedu, saw his fortune jump $ 4.2 billion on Wednesday as the Beijing-based online tutoring company’s U.S. custody stakes rose 36 percent and its net worth rose The Bloomberg Billionaires Index rose by $ 15.6 billion.

The net worth of Chinese billionaire Wang Jianlin rose by $ 773 million through his stake in AMC Entertainment Holdings. A flood of retailers caused the stock to surge up to 310 percent despite the broader market collapsing. Hedge funds like Mudrick Capital, which owned 4.6 million shares in the theater company as of Jan. 4, also got a boost.

Chewy Inc co-founder Ryan Cohen added with his stake in GameStop Corp, the video game retailer that operates in this year is up more than 1,700 percent, adding about $ 1.8 billion. Co-investor Donald Foss, founder of subprime auto lender Credit Acceptance Corp, now owns around $ 1.2 billion in stake, according to the Bloomberg Index.

Even the head of Tootsie Roll Industries benefited from it: The assets of CEO Ellen Gordon jumped $ 185 million as the confectioner’s shares rose to a record high, while National Beverage Corp founder Nick Caporella increased his net worth by $ 1.8 billion to $ 6.8 billion -Dollars Recorded The maker of LaCroix soda water rose 40 percent.

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In the last few sessions, day traders have stacked themselves in previously unpopular tickers that were preferred by short sellers and brought them to record highs. GameStop’s meteoric rally has already wore down some institutional investors, and Melvin Capital closed its short position through Wednesday.

The search for sharply shortened stocks is being led by the Reddit forum WallStreetBets, which has roughly 2.8 million members . Some of the more outspoken have taken an activist stance, portraying their campaign as a stance against societal issues such as financial inequality and intergenerational injustice.

Ms. Gordon owns just over half of Tootsie Roll Industries’ common stock and 81 percent of B shares . Her stake in the maker of Tootsie Pops, Junior Mints and Dubble Bubble Gum, which she owns both directly and on behalf of other family members, is now $ 1.8 billion.

Mr. Cohen gave one in August Investment in GameStop known. By December, he had bought nine million shares in the retailer for a total cost of $ 76 million and now holds approximately $ 3.1 billion. GameStop shares rose 135 percent in New York to a record $ 347.51 after three volatility stops were triggered.

Mr. Wang, founder of the closely held conglomerate Dalian Wanda Group, now owns a stake to AMC, valued at approximately $ 1 billion, which rose to $ 19.90 in New York trading, the most since October 2018. Mr. Wang has a net worth of $ 14.4 billion according to the Bloomberg Billionaires Index.

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