How Much Would Forrest Gump's Investment in Apple Computers Be Worth Today?

The 1994 film Forrest Gump is a remarkably surreal story of a man traveling through American life from the 1950s through the 1980s. The titular character stumbles into meeting three Presidents, inventing Elvis Presley's hip-thrusting dance, and becoming a shrimping tycoon, among other brushes with history.

In one scene, toward the end, Forrest learns that Lt. Dan has invested their company profits in Apple Computers, which Forrest assumes is a fruit company. The details of the letter, which is shown on screen for only a couple of seconds, are important.

How much would this $100,000 investment be worth today? Business journalist Trung Phan crunches the numbers. Forrest put down $100,000 a few months before the company went public. If he kept that stock until today (when he would be 80 years old), that stock would be worth approximately $350 billion.

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