Apple stock is nearly $600. They went public in December 1980 @ $22 per share. The stock split 2:1 three times up to now. If you had invested $1000 the day AAPL went public, you would have had 45 shares after fees (approximately). Holding those 45 shares through the stock splits would mean you would now have 360 shares. Your $1000 would now be worth $216,000.