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The $5 million return on Amazon’s IPO you could’ve earned if you invested $10,000 in 1997

$4.9 million

If you had invested $10,000 in Amazon stock when it went public in 1997, you would have made $4.9 million by now, according to the Wall Street Journal.

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$4.9 million

It would be hard to find an investor who held onto Amazon stock through it’s a bumpy ride.

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In 16 of the past 20 years, investors saw Amazon stocks decline by 20% after a peak.

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Amazon shares also lost 95% of their value after the collapse of the dot-com bubble in the early 2000s.

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Warren Buffett said recently that this success was not obvious when Amazon first went public.

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The price of one share back then was just $18. Recently, it was as high as $962.

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