Business Insider- The meteoric rise of tech giants like Apple, Google, and Netflix has been well documented. And if you were going to make a list of the best investments over the past decade, those would no doubt immediately come to mind.
But when Dadaviz analyst Alis Pitchkhadze actually looked at the data of best stock market investments over the past nine years, she found something strange. There were two companies at the top you might not expect.
The first is Priceline.com, a website that helps users find discount rates for things like airline flights and hotels.
Pitchkhadze found that an investment of $10,000 nine years ago would now be worth a shocking $465,150.92. That’s a return of over 4,500%.
The other company that rose above Google, Apple, and Netflix was Monster Beverage Corporation, maker of Monster energy drinks. The stock has ballooned to over 40 times its original value over the past nine years. And Monster is now actually the top-selling cold beverage in the Army & Air Force Exchange Service.
Steve Jobs once allegedly lured former Apple CEO John Sculley away from Pepsi with the line: “Do you want to sell sugar water for the rest of your life or do you want to come with me and change the world?”
Now it seems that over the past nine years, sugar water (with a bit of guarana) has beaten Apple’s stock. Of course, that’s not to say that Monster has changed the world in a more profound way than Apple. But it certainly has found a way to get investors insane returns.
Everyone who’s known me for awhile knows im just key and picking things that’ll go big. It all started in like 7th grade. 2002, 12 year old Ed Lee just trying to make his place in High School. Well being Asian and my penchant for not wanting to buy any form of entertainment, I was good at making bootleg copies of things. CDs, DVDs, If i could get my hands on it, id flip it for money. I was like Red from Shawshank Redemption, I just got people things in
prison High school. Anyways, when I wasn’t selling high profile items like fake rolex’s and bb guns, my bread and butter was mix tapes for 5 bucks a pop. Well one day this kid Bryan asked me to make him a mix tape, gave me a list and when i get home i put it all together but i specifically remember i put a song called “Through The Wire”. Next day Bryan comes up to me and ask “Yo what song was that on track number 13” and i tell him “Thats Kanye West Through the Wire.” Like 2 weeks later Kanye was blowing up and like signed to Rockafella and decided to put together College Dropout. Now he’s the god damn asshole running for presidency in 2020 not making a sense about a god damn thing. Incredible
Basically my point of that story was I discovered kanye and introduced him to the
world South Florida. Same thing with Monster. You think Monster Energy was the conglomerate they are back 9 years ago? definitely not. But in 2008 a year after officially changing to Monster Energy full time i picked up a Monster Energy, gave it a swig and said to myself that that shit was gonna be big. Well fast forward to 2015 after boasting one of the best Monster Can collection, they make Apple stock look like Kodak after digital cameras came out. And Seriously how about monster energy not sponsoring me when i got arguable one of the best Monster Can Collections in all the Americas.
Seriously I could’ve found a way to plug Monster into all of my blogs for you. “Fuck those drones, I wanna chug a Monster and punch a drone in its face” We coulda blown up together but they just never let me on on the fun. Just let it be known for all of you out there, Ed Lee’s seal of approval is worth like a billion dollars in 9 years probably. Monster Energy, Kanye West, I told my buddy Mike Posner was gonna blow up and he did kinda. I mean shit im pretty much single handedly keeping Blackberry afloat right now i think because im just that ride or die type of man with my companies. Brand loyalty beyond your wildest dreams.