The stock that turned R10,000 into R121 million in 25 years

Monster Beverage Corporation, an American beverage company that manufactures energy drinks, is the best performing company in the S&P 500 Index over the last 30 years.

According to data shared by Charlie Bilello, founder and CEO of Compound Capital Advisors, the company provided a total return of 295,805% since it listed in 1995.

This means if you invested $10,000 in Monster Beverage Corporation in August 1995, you would now have $29.59 million.

If you were a South African who invested R10,000 in the company in 1995 your return would have been even more impressive.

In August 1995, one US Dollar cost you R3.65. Fast forward 25 years and one dollar now costs around R15.00.

An investment of R10,000 in Monster Beverage Corporation in August 1995 would therefore now be worth R121 million.

Monster Beverage Corporation outperformed all big tech companies, including Amazon, Netflix, Apple, and Microsoft.

The best performing tech company was Amazon with a total return of 217,000% since it listed in May 1997.

Netflix returned 50,000% over eighteen years while Apple’s share price grew 42,000% over the last 30 years.

Oracle, Cisco, Nvidia, and Microsoft all showed a return of over 30,000% over the last 30 years.

The table below shows the top-performing stocks in the S&P 500 Index over the last 30 years.

Best Performing Stocks in the S&P 500 Index
Company 30 Year Total Return Annualized Return Growth of $10,000
Monster Beverage Corporation 295,805% 37% $29,590,550
Amazon 217,028% 38% $21,712,834
Jack Henry & Associates 194,233% 29% $19,433,250
Cerner 141,580% 27% $14,168,008
Best Buy 105,277% 26% $10,537,745
Kansas City Southern 84,714% 25% $8,481,443
Ross Stores 83,542% 25% $8,364,176
Altria Group 57,871% 24% $5,797,083
United Health 57,497% 24% $5,759,690
IDEXX Laboratories 55,058% 24% $5,515,829
Netflix 50,133% 40% $5,023,337
Apple 42,259% 22% $4,235,865
Oracle 38,801% 22% $3,890,146
Cisco 37,963% 22% $3,806,290
Nvidia 35,768% 31% $3,586,761
Microsoft 33,256% 21% $3,335,588

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