EIGHT GREAT COMPANIES AND STOCKS, BUT……

Disclaimer: Good Day, Readers.  WealthBuildingPowers blog is a financial literacy/competency blog and does not provide specific investment recommendations.  

HOW MANY OF THE ABOVE CAN YOU NAME?  

Left to Right: 

  • Jeff Bezos-Amazon 
  • Elon Musk-Tesla, Space-X; The Boring Company; Nurolink {Replaced Donald Trump for WEIRD tweets, runs FOUR companies and found time to produce seven kids- hence the Tesla X fits seven people} 
  • Bill Gates – Microsoft {Flashing News Alert- After 27 years of marriage to one woman, I might add, a Billionaire is getting a divorce.  SHOCKING!}  
  • Markie Zuckerberg – Facebook {mumbling under my breath} 
  • Mr. Warren Buffett- Berkshire Hathaway. {MY ALL-TIME FAVORITE!}

I describe the above as Intelligent/Genius; Geeks, Nerds, RESISTANCE IS FUTILE; BILLIONAIRES.  Why are they important?  Keep reading!

FINDING GREAT COMPANIES

There are THOUSANDS of publicly traded U.S. and international stocks.  That equates to THOUSANDS of good and bad companies.  What chance do you or I have to find the 0.001% good, better, or GREAT companies to invest our hard-earned money? 

For today’s blog, I utilized Google to identify the top U.S. billionaires.  Then a lot of hard work (ok, about 60 seconds- Google), you can discover HOW they became billionaires. I’m wagering 100 Dogecoins (google it) 90% of billionaires, excluding the ones born with Billionaire Platinum Spoons (BPS) in their mouth or YUGE Inheritance, earned their fortunes by building great companies.

Unfortunately, you do not become a billionaire writing a blog about financial literacy!  

TEN RICHEST AMERICANS

When I googled the ten wealthiest Americans, I found all EARNED their billionaire status because of ONE stock.  Eight of the ten were founders of their companies and year over year grew their earnings and profits. Most years, their stock price increased, and their stocks beat, often whipped the S&P 500 returns.  

The good news, you can become an owner of any of these companies, if after careful research they pass your muster!

https://www.forbes.com/sites/mominakhan/2021/04/06/the-10-richest-american-billionaires-2021/?sh=69b794f4d981

YOUR ASSIGNMENT – SHOULD YOU ACCEPT – CONDUCT METICULOUS (Ok – somewhat detailed) RESEARCH DETERMINING IF YOU WANT TO BE AN OWNER!  {This message will self-destruct in 518 THOUSAND MINUTES!}

 

LET’S GO HUNTING! 

U. S. BILLIONAIRESOURCE OF WEALTH2020 NETWORTH2020 APPRECIATION IN STOCK
Jeff Bezos, Founder, and CEO of Amazon .  Amazon Stock – currently owns ~11 percent of Amazon stock$177 Billion74%
Elon Musk, CEO Tesla, Space X, The Boring Company and Neuralink  TESLA stock and SPACEX Private Valuation$151 BILLION { Space X is not a publicly-tradedTesla Stock increased an astonishing 514% in 2020
 Bill Gates, Founder and Former CEO Microsoft  MICROSOFT Stock$124 BILLION41%
Mark Zuckerberg,Founder and CEO: Facebook  Facebook Stock$97 Billion80% making Zuckerberg > $42 billion richer
Warren Buffett, CEO Berkshire Hathaway  Berkshire Hathaway Stock$96 Billion36% rise in Berkshire stock in 2020
Larry Ellison, Co-founded Oracle in 1977; Former CEO  Oracle Stock$93 BILLION20%
Larry Page, Co-Founder, and Board Directors, Alphabet  Google/Alphabet Stock$91.5 BILLION29%
Sergey Brin, Co-Founder and Board Directors, Alphabet Google/Alphabet Stock$89 BILLION29%
Steve Ballmer, one of the first Microsoft Employees; Retired as CEO   Microsoft Stock$68.7 BILLION40%
Alice Walton-InheritanceWalmart founded by her dad- Sam WaltonWalmart StockShe, siblings, with other family members, own about 50% of Walmart stock. $61.8 BILLION22%

JEFF BEZOS; $177 Billion; FOUNDER – AMAZON

Amazon currently controls more than 40% of all online sales in the U.S. as 200 million people are signed up for Amazon Prime worldwide. The fees it collects from Prime memberships help to ensure it can undercut most brick-and-mortar retailers on price.

Amazon Web Services (AWS) grew sales by 30% in 2020 and recorded $54 billion in annual sales; AWS generates higher margins than retail and is a Prime (pun intended) future growth engine.

ELON MUSK; $151 BILLION; FOUNDER – TESLA; SPACE-X; THE BORING COMPANY AND NEURALINK COMPANIES

While Tesla is changing the world with long-range Electric Vehicle {E.V.} and battery technology, it is the highest risk stock on this list.  As battery technology cost has significantly decreased, E.V.’s are gaining a cost advantage over gasoline.  And if you ever test drove a Tesla, the instant burst of speed is mind-blowing!  My brother, niece, and I recently test drove the Tesla Model Y, WAHOOOOOOOOOOO!

Every major car manufacturer AND HUNDREDS new E.V. manufacturers are chasing Tesla.

BILL GATES; $124 BILLION; FOUNDER – MICROSOFT

Microsoft is still generating billions of dollars in cash flow from its software and Windows. However, the cloud Service Azure is becoming a GREAT future growth engine.  Cloud service Azure will fuel long-term earnings growth for years to come.  Plus, Microsoft has ~$136.00 Billion in cash to make acquisitions to boost future growth.

MARK ZUCKERBERG; $97 BILLION; FOUNDER – FACEBOOK

Despite what you feel about Facebook (Ok- I admit, I am NOT a fan), 44% of the world’s population {only about three BILLION people} visited a Facebook site in the first quarter of 2021.  Facebook has successfully monetized its original Facebook site and Instagram; and will monetize WhatsApp and Facebook Messenger shortly.  EVEN MORE BILLIONS FOR ZUCKY!  

LARRY PAGE; $92 BILLION AND SERGEY BRIN; $89 BILLION; FOUNDERS – GOOGLE

I never understood the name change.  They should have asked me; I would have said WTF- Fruit-Loops! Google’s search engine benefits from its 91% to 93% internet search domination. And Google has added YouTube with an annual revenue stream of $16 billion.  YAHOOOOO!

WARREN BUFFETT; $96 BILLION; CE0 – BERKSHIRE HATHAWAY; HAS DONATED OVER $40 BILLION TO FIVE CHARITIES

Berkshire Hathaway is the Greatest of All Times (GOAT) investments. For every $10,000 invested in Berkshire back in 1965, investors would have $281.06 million, while S&P 500 investors would have $2.36 million by the end of 2020. DROP THE FREAKING MIC!  

However, the two Seven (7) Star Generals, Warren Buffett and Charlie Munger, are 90 and 95. Buffett finally confirmed his successor as CEO and has selected investment lieutenants Todd Combs and Ted Weschler to manage a $281 billion stock portfolio.  The company is sitting on $146 Billion cash for major acquisitions or further stock investments.  

ALICE WALTON; DAUGHTER OF THE FOUNDER OF WALMART, SAM WALTON; $62 BILLION

Walmart benefits from a well-established brand that has become virtually synonymous with low-cost items, with stores located within 10 miles of 90% of the U.S. population 

Walmart’s grocery business accounts for 56% of the company’s revenue. As grocery customers regularly visit the store, they are exposed to the firm’s higher-margin offerings, spurring lucrative general merchandise sales. By providing a single location where shoppers can address multiple needs, Walmart offers a level of convenience that few retailers can match, all behind a store marquee that effectively signals low prices to customers across the entire assortment. Walmart+, the chain’s new membership program (which offers unlimited rapid delivery, fuel discounts, and mobile scan and go in exchange for a $98 yearly fee, or $12.95 monthly), should help drive sales in grocery and other categories while boosting shopper loyalty.  Now, who did they copy that idea from?  Hint- Costco!

LARRY ELISION; $93 BILLION; CO-FOUNDER ORACLE

Unlike the above companies, Oracle provides most of its services and products to businesses.  Oracle is by and large known for its relational database, Oracle Database. While Oracle offers on-premises database licenses and its autonomous database via Infrastructure-as-a-Service, both forms display high switching costs, which means a high stickiness factor! Companies today rely on significant amounts of data as the backbone of their business. That data must be accessible 24/7!  

CONCLUSION – EIGHT GREAT COMPANIES AND STOCKS, BUT……

YOU HAVE TO DO YOUR HOMEWORK!

I provided a summary of eight companies that are potentially good investments.  I own several and regret not owning more.

If you are interested in these companies, do your research before buying shares with YOUR HARD-EARNED MONEY!.  Happy Research/Hunting!

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