Back when Buffett became a majority shareholder in 1964, the stock was only $19.

Imagine if you had invested in Buffett back then.

We wanted to see what would’ve happened to a $1,000 investment if we had bet on Berkshire Hathaway in a given year — from 1964 all the way through 2013.

The numbers aren’t too crazy for recent years. For example, for the year 2004, your $1,000 would have turned into $2,342 by the end of 2013.

But if you had invested in 1964, your $1,000 would be $10.5 million.

Buffett is known for his long-term investment strategy. And people who invested in Berkshire Hathaway early on have certainly reaped the benefits of that.

Here’s what the data looks like:


Buffett Wealth Chart Regular

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As you can see, there’s a huge difference between the earlier years and the later years. So we also created a log-scale version as well.

And in case you wanted to see the numbers, here’s a table of all the data. The left column shows the year (we started from 2013 and worked backward). And the right column shows what your $1,000 would be worth today, given the year you invested it.


Better version buffett chart

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Note: we rounded the numbers.

Data taken from Yahoo Finance, All Financial Matters, Forbes, and Santa Cruz University.