Best Steals of All Time

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The Nike Swoosh

In June 1971, Carolyn Davidson met Phil Knight one of her accounting teachers.  She than began working on a logo for his company then known as Blue Ribbion Sports.  She designed what is now known as the Nike swoosh and sold it to the company for a measly $35 dollars.  Nike today generates over 16 billion dollars in revenue.

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Alaska

On March 30, 1867, the United States government purchased Alaska from the Russians 2 cents an acre for a grand total of $7.2 million.  The 656,424 square miles of land has the highest yielding oil field in the United States, and is rich in coal as well.

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Mona Lisa

The Mona Lisa, painted by Leonardo da Vinci, was bought by King Francis I for 4,000 ecus, which today in US dollars would be worth around $100,000.  Today the estimated value of the painting is around $670,000,000.

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Necker Island

Sir Richard Branson purchased this island in the early 1970’s for $300,000 dollars; today its estimated worth is around $38,000,000.  That’s a return of over 12,600%.  Although Mr. Branson did invest $10 million to turn it into a private island retreat I still think it was worth the money.  If you want to visit the island you can stay there for around $47,000 a day and features it private beaches, pools, tennis courts, breathtaking views and water sports equipment .

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