Top 10 stocks with highest growth over past decade - from Nvidia, Microsoft to Netflix, which companies made you the most money?

We reveal the 10 global companies with the biggest returns since 2013. One firm has posted an astonishing 9,870% return, meaning a £1,000 investment would now be worth almost £82,000.

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But which global companies have delivered the biggest returns? We look at which popular big-name businesses have generated the highest growth for shareholders over the past decade.

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The investment and insurance firm Shepherds Friendly has crunched the figures to work out how much an investment of £1,000 into 45 of the world’s most famous companies in 2013 would be worth in 2023. 

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The table below reveals the 10 companies that had the most growth in stock value over the past decade:

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CompanyAmount that £1,000 worth of stocks from 2013 is worth in 2023% increase in stock value from 2013 to 2023
Nvidia £81,817 9,870%
Apple £9,414 1,047%
Microsoft £9,026 1,000%
Netflix £8,715 962%
Amazon £6,332 672%
Lowe's £4,793 484%
Costco Wholesale £4,590 459%
Visa £4,486 447%
Lockheed Martin £4,403 437%
Danaher £4,297 424%

Computing giant Nvidia has seen the biggest increase in stock value over the past decade, with £1,000 worth of stocks in 2013 now worth £81,817 in 2023.

Founded in 1993, and made a public company in 2000, Nvidia has grown by almost 10,000% in the past decade with one stock now being valued at £271 on average in 2023, compared to around £3 in 2013.

It has seen record sales this year amid skyrocketing demand for its high-powered graphics processing units that power artificial intelligence (AI) systems like ChatGPT.

From one tech giant to another, Apple takes second place. In 2013, £1,000 would buy you 56 stocks in the company, which would have seen your investment increase to £9,414 a decade later. For the lucky few who invested way back in Apple’s first full listing year (1981), £1,000 worth of shares would now be worth a staggering £1,635,960, according to Shepherds Friendly.

Microsoft, Netflix and Amazon complete the top five. They are followed by two retailers (Lowe’s and Costco), Visa, aerospace company Lockheed Martin and life sciences firm Danaher to produce the overall top 10.

Derence Lee, Shepherds Friendly's chief finance officer, comments: “In a world dominated by technology and online consumerism, it’s perhaps no surprise to see that the top 10 is made up of mostly tech giants and retailers who have changed the way we shop.”

There are a number of big household names that didn’t make the top 10 but still saw a large rise in stock value. For example, a £1,000 investment 10 years ago in the following brands would now be worth:

  • Sports brand Nike - £3,234 
  • Fast food chain McDonalds: £3,102 
  • Coffee company Starbucks: £2,954 
  • Soft drink brand Pepsi: £2,457 
Ruth Emery

Ruth is passionate about helping people feel more confident about their finances. She was previously editor of Times Money Mentor, and prior to that was deputy Money editor at The Sunday Times. 

A multi-award winning journalist, Ruth started her career on a pensions magazine at the FT Group, and has also worked at Money Observer and Money Advice Service. 

Outside of work, she is a mum to two young children, a magistrate and an NHS volunteer.