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The 10 Most Expensive Stocks in the World

What are the most expensive stocks in the world? 

Well, we’ve listed the top 10 most expensive stocks below, ranging from $1,000 to $319,970.00! 

Yes, you read that correctly, $319,970.00!

So, without further ado, let’s see who’s valuing their stock at the same price as a four-bedroom house! 

Here’s a list of the 10 most expensive stocks in the world. 

 

The 10 Most Expensive Stocks in the World

The list of stocks and figures mentioned below has been compiled from various sources around the web, such as Finances Online & Wikipedia

These are the 10 most expensive stocks in the world:

 

10. Markel Corporation (MKL)

Stock Price: $1,095.77

Markel Corporation is a U.S.-based company that was founded in 1930 by Samuel A. Markel.

It’s now one of the world’s largest holding companies for insurance, reinsurance, and investment services, and is a Fortune 500 company that employs more than 17,400 people worldwide. 

The company is headquartered in Richmond, Virginia, and is led by Executive Chairman, Alan I. Kirshner, as well as several other executives. 

Markel Corporation went public in 1986, at just $8.33 per share, which valued the company at $15 million at the initial public offering. 

Fast forward 30 years and Markel Corporation is now part of the Fortune 500 and has a current share price of more than $1,000!

 

9. MRF Limited

Stock Price: $1,109.73

Madras Rubber Factory (MRF) Limited is an Indian multinational company and the largest manufacturer of tires in India. 

The company was founded in 1946 by K.M. Mammen Mappillai as a toy balloon manufacturing unit and is currently headquartered in Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India. 

Today, MRF Limited employs approximately 16,200 people and mainly specializes in creating rubber products, like tires, conveyor belts, treads, tubes, and toys.

MRF Limited went public on 1 April 1961 and is now the fourteenth largest manufacturer of tires in the world, with a 24% market share in India. 

MRF Limited now exports to 65 countries from 10 manufacturing centers across India and has seen a steady increase in its stock price over the last five years. 

 

8. Alphabet Inc.

Stock Price: $1,605.85

Alphabet Inc. is an American multinational conglomerate that was created in 2015 to act as the parent company for Google, and, several former Google companies. 

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Alphabet Inc. was set up by Google founders, Larry Page and Sergey Brin, and is headquartered in Mountain View, California.

It’s currently the world’s fourth-largest technology company, based on revenue, and one of the world’s most valuable companies.

The two co-founders remain active employees and board members of Alphabet Inc., however, the company is run by John L. Hennessy (Chairman), Sundar Pichai (CEO), and Ruth Porat (CFO). 

Google went public in 2004 with share prices of $50 each, which has increased steadily over the years to now being worth $1,605.85 per share. 

In January 2020, Alphabet Inc reached a market valuation of $1 trillion, making it the fourth U.S. company to enter into the trillion-dollar companies club. 

 

7. Booking Holdings Inc. 

Stock Price: $1,853.80

Booking Holdings Inc. is an American company that owns and operates subsidiaries like Booking.com, Priceline.com, Agoda.com, Momondo, and Kayak.com

The company was formerly known as Priceline.com Incorporated and The Priceline Group and was founded by Jay S. Walker in 1996. 

It’s currently headquartered in Norwalk, Connecticut, U.S. and is run by Glenn D.Fogel (President and CEO) and Daniel Finnegan (CFO) with around 26,400 employees.

In 2019, the company reported annual revenue of approximately $15.066 billion, with most of its gross profit coming from outside of the United States through Booking.com. 

Booking Holdings Inc. became a public company in 1999 via an IPO and is ranked 216th on the 2019 Fortune 500 list of the largest U.S. corporations by revenue. 

 

6. Seaboard Corporation

Stock Price: $2,750.02

Seaboard Corporation is a multinational transportation conglomerate which mainly focuses on pork production and processing, and ocean transportation. 

The company was founded in 1918 by Otto Bresky to facilitate his flour mill businesses.

It was later offered publicly through a merger with Hathaway Industries and changed its name to Seaboard Allied Milling Corporation. 

It’s now headquartered in Merriam, Kansas, and employees approximately 11,800 people worldwide, across many subsidiaries and industries, like pork, commodities, poultry, sugar, produce, and electrical power. 

Seaboard Corporation stock has seen a significant increase in value since the early 2000s, reaching an all-time high in 2019. 

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5. Amazon Inc.

Stock Price: $3,346.69

Amazon Inc. is currently the fifth most expensive stock in the world.

The American multinational technology company is based in Seattle, Washington, and specializes in e-commerce, cloud computing, digital streaming, and artificial intelligence. 

Amazon is one of the “Big Four” technology companies, along with Apple, Google, and Facebook, and is currently the world’s largest online marketplace and most valuable brand. 

The company was founded by Jeff Bezos in 1994 and started trading as an online marketplace for books, later expanding into software, electronics, video games, and more as it grew. 

In 1997, Amazon went public and has since seen a relatively consistent increase in its stock price over the past decade. 

Amazon Inc’s annual revenue was approximately $280.522 billion in 2019 and has reported total assets of $225.248 billion! 

 

4. NVR, Inc.

Stock Price: $4,224.28

NVR, Inc. is an American company that’s primary business is in home construction, mortgages, and banking. 

It was founded in 1940 by Ryan Homes and became known as NVR Incorporated in 1980.

The company currently constructs homes in 14 states and 32 metropolitan areas across America and is the 4th largest home building company in the country based on the volume of homes closed. 

NVR, Inc. became a public company via an initial public offering in 1993 and is now ranked 424th on the Fortune 500. 

Its stock has risen steadily over the years, from $10.13 in 1993 to its current valuation of $4,224.28. 

 

3. Next Plc

Stock Price: $6,060.00

Next Plc is a British multinational retailer based in Enderby, Leicestershire, UK, specializing in clothing, home products, and footwear.

The company was founded in 1864 by Joseph Hepworth as a tailoring company and has since grown to 700 stores across Europe, Asia, and the Middle East, becoming the largest clothing retailer by revenue in the United Kingdom. 

Next Plc employs approximately 43,970 people worldwide and reported revenue of $4.1 billion in 2019, with a net income of $590.4 million. 

In the same year, Next Plc’s shares reached a record-breaking high but tailed off at the beginning of 2020. 

 

2. Lindt & Sprüngli AG

Stock Price: $81,100.00

Chocoladefabriken Lindt & Sprüngli AG (Lindt for short) is a Swiss confectionery and chocolatier company known worldwide for its chocolate bars, truffles, and sweets.

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The company was founded in 1845 by David Sprüngli-Schwarz and Rudolf Sprüngli-Ammann (Rudolphe Lindt), and is now headquartered in Kilchberg, Switzerland. 

It has 12 factories spread across different countries and has opened over 410 cafés and chocolate shops worldwide. 

In 2019, Lindt & Sprüngli AG reported annual revenue of approximately 4.509 billion CHF, with a net income of 511.9 million CHF.

Lindt & Sprüngli AG’s stocks have seen steady growth since the company went public in 1995, and have become the second most expensive stock in the world. 

 

1. Berkshire Hathaway Inc.

Stock Price: $319,970.00

Berkshire Hathaway Inc. is a multinational conglomerate holding company based in the United States.

It was founded in 1839 by Oliver Chace, and Warren Buffet is the current Chairman and CEO.

Berkshire Hathaway is the eighth largest public company in the world, according to Forbes Global 2000, and owns a range of various businesses, from confectionary and home furnishings to jewelry and retail. 

Some of the companies it wholly owns are Fruit of the Loom, GEICO, Duracell, Helzberg Diamonds, and FlightSafety International, and owns minority holdings in public companies like Kraft Heinz Company, American Express, Wells Fargo, The Coca-Cola Company, and Apple. 

Its Class A shares are currently trading at $319,970.00 per share at the time of writing, which makes it the most expensive stock in the world.  

 

Summary

We hope you enjoyed our list of the 10 most expensive stocks in the world.

Crazy money, right?!

Well, if you’ve got the money, and you know what you’re doing, then buying some of the world’s most expensive stocks should be a pretty safe bet, depending on your goals and how comfortable you are with risk. 

We’ve chosen a few that we like the look of and will be adding to our portfolio without a doubt.

Here’s a quick recap of the 10 most expensive stocks in the world:

  1. Berkshire Hathaway Inc.
  2. Lindt & Sprüngli AG
  3. NVR, Inc.
  4. Next Plc
  5. Seaboard Corporation
  6. Amazon Inc.
  7. Booking Holdings Inc.
  8. Alphabet Inc.
  9. MRF Limited 
  10. Markel Corporation (MKL)

What’s your favorite stock? Leave a comment below.

Matt McIntyre is a digital marketing consultant and certified marketing strategist. When he's not talking about business or marketing, you'll find him in the gym.

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