The Cost Of Investing In The World’s Biggest Tech Companies

When up-and-coming companies start out, it’s always a guessing game when it comes to whether or not it’s worth it to buy shares. The gamble feels less, will I? won’t I? and instead leans more toward how much am I going to lose? But that’s not always the case. Together with, Thrillist ran the numbers on 15 different tech companies from the minute they began selling shares. If you owned shares then, how much would you have made? And conversely, how much would you have lost?

Netflix started out at $15 per share, and if you invested a one-time $1,000, you’d now be sitting on nearly 87.5 thousand dollars. Following that same $1,000 investment, a $38 cost per share in Facebook back in 2012 would now have earned you just shy of 4 grand. Apple investors, on the other hand, would’ve turned a measly $1,000 into $186,188 since the IPO went public in 1980. Twitter holders, on the other hand, would’ve lost nearly half of their investment. Since the social media platform’s IPO in 2013, a $1,000 investment would now be worth just $430.

Microsoft investors, however, would’ve made off with a stunning $821,261 since 1986. The full list can be found at, and depending on how you look at it, it’s either depressing to see all your missed opportunities staring back at you in six-figure payoffs, or a relief to see how little you lost.

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