By Melony Roy
PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — The owners of Ebola.com have sold the domain to the “highest” bidder.READ MORE: Bucks County Group Pushes For Mask Requirement As Country Sees Rise In COVID Cases
Six years ago Chris Hood and his business partner purchased Ebola.com, but the recent outbreak has turned the sale into a six figure payday.
“Our business model is buying and selling any URL that has potential for resale value in the future”
The Las Vegas entrepreneurs own about 5,000 domain names, including Birdflu.com and H1N1.com.
“It’s certainly never been a focus of the business, but its the kind of thing that whenever we read something that’s interesting or timely in the news we’ll do a little bit a research and see if there is a potential tie in to a domain name investment”READ MORE: Family Of Missing Bucks County Woman Casey Johnston Hires Private Investigator
He says the Ebola.com sale got the most attention, but wasn’t the most profitable.
“We knew it was probably going to be somebody that was involved in the Ebola fight in some capacity or other. The company we sold to is Weed Growth Fund.”
Weed Growth Fund is owned by Cannabis Sativa, which promotes medical uses for marijuana.
Hood and his partner purchased Ebola.com for $13,500 and sold the domain for over $200,000 in cash and stock.MORE NEWS: 'It's Never Going To End': Loved Ones Of David Padro Jr. Voice Gun Violence Frustrations At 22-Year-Old's Vigil
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