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.
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.
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.
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 .