We've all heard the tales about how the earliest Microsoft and Apple employees became multimillionaires overnight when those companies went public. And we've all fantasized about how much money we'd be rolling in, if only we'd had the foresight to invest. If only.
But how much dough are we talking, really? With a hearty dose of masochistic curiosity and some help from the number-crunching ninjas at BuyUpside.com, we ran the numbers. If you dropped $1,000 into 15 different tech companies the moment they started selling shares, how rich would you be today? Or, uh, if it was Twitter, how totally f*cked?
Note: These numbers reflect the value of a given stock based on a one-time investment of $1,000, adjusted for splits and dividend reinvestment. The annualized return figure reflects the average amount of money earned by a stock each year over the time it's been invested.