The 1994 movie “Forrest Gump” remains iconic for its look through the decades of the Vietnam War, Civil Rights and multiple presidencies. The movie also features an iconic scene highlighting an investment in a publicly-traded company.
Forrest Gump Scene: In a scene towards the end of “Forrest Gump,” the titular character says that his friend and business partner Lieutenant Dan took care of their Bubba Gump shrimp money.
“He got me invested in some kind of fruit company,” Gump says, showing a letter with the old Apple Inc AAPL Computer logo.
The movie timeline would follow the investment being made in Apple after Hurricane Carmen in 1974 and was likely a hypothetical $100,000 stake for 3% of the company. Apple went public in 1980 after raising money from venture capitalists and angel investors.
“I got a call from him saying we didn’t have to worry about money anymore,” said Gump.
Among the millions who saw the movie upon its release was Jerremy Newsome, the founder and CEO at the trading education platform Real Life Trading. He tells Benzinga his passion for investing began at a young age; at 6 or 7 years old, when he was struck by that particular scene in the film. Around 1994, with his father’s help, Newsome invested $2,600 in Apple. Later, in 2000, at the height of the tech bubble, Newsome sold his shares of Apple for a $12,000 profit. “Since then, I've been hooked,” he said.
Apple Value Today: Lieutenant Dan was certainly right that Gump would not have to worry about money anymore if they bought 3% of Apple.
The hypothetical 3% stake in Apple would be valued at $66.63 billion today, based on a market cap of $2.22 trillion.
The shared stake between Gump and Dan would rank them 1tth on the Bloomberg Billionaires Index, ahead of some members of the Waltons, who own stakes in Walmart Inc WMT and also ahead of Meta Platforms META co-founder Mark Zuckerberg, who has lost $74.6 billion in value in 2022 and now ranks 23rd on the list.
Investing Alongside Movie Release: “Forrest Gump” was released on July 6, 1994. The movie went on to gross $329.7 million at the box office.
Apple traded at a split-adjusted $0.24 on July 6, 1994, according to Yahoo Finance.
This means that a $1,000 investment in Apple stock the day “Forrest Gump” was released would now be worth $575,833.79 based on a share price of $138.20 for Apple.
Who knew at that time Forrest Gump and Lieutenant Dan were sharing one of the world's greatest investment ideas.
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