Top 10 Most Expensive Stocks In The World: From Chipotle To Berkshire Hathaway

scInvesting in term deposits and other fixed income options is safe, but does not yield much. Stats prove that investing in the stock market is more profitable over the long term. Investing in stocks is riskier, but with the right selection of companies you can win yourself a handsome profit in the long run. In this article, we look at 10 blue chip stocks that are currently the most expensive in the world. You will not go wrong by investing in any of them, but be sure to sell your shares at the right time to make the most of your investment.

The stock prices in this article are as of January 2016. The prices of the top three stocks are so high that we are sure their position in the list will remain unaffected in the coming years. Here then are the top 10 most expensive stocks as of January 2016.

10. Chipotle Mexican Grill – $428

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This stock trades in the NYSE. Chipotle Mexican Grill is a chain of more than 1400 restaurants in the US, UK, Canada, Germany and France. Their standout feature is they use organic ingredients in food preparation and their mission statement is called “Food with integrity”. The company was founded by Steve Ells in 1993 and currently employs about 45,000 people.

9. Intuitive Surgical – $545

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Intuitive Surgical’s stock trades in NASDAQ. This American company makes robotic surgical systems. Frederic Moll founded this company in 1995. It raised $45 million from its Initial Public Offering in 2000. Intuitive Surgical’s share price has risen steadily in the past three months and you are sure to hit the jackpot by investing in this one.

8. Amazon.com – $581

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Amazon.com is America’s largest e-commerce company and is based in Seattle, WA. It sells a range of products including electronics, video games, software, apparel, food, furniture, toys, and jewelry. The company also makes consumer electronics items like the famous Kindle e-book readers and Fire tablets. Amazon is the also the leading player in the cloud infrastructure services (IaaS) market. The company was founded by Jeff Bezos in 1994. Amazon’s stock price in NASDAQ has risen sharply in the past few months, increasing Bezos’ net worth to about $59 billion, placing him fourth on Forbes’ ranking of billionaires.

7. Alphabet Inc. – $700

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Alphabet Inc. is the new name of Google after it restructured in August 2015. The company’s Class C shares trade in NASDAQ. Google was founded in 1998 by Larry Page and Sergey Brin. Starting off as a search engine, Google has today branched into the fields of computer software, health care, telecommunications equipment, venture capital, and biotechnology. The company earned a revenue of $71.80 billion in 2015. Larry Page is the CEO of Alphabet Inc., while India-born Sundar Pichai is the CEO of Google.

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6. Autozone – $703

Autozone’s stock trades in the NYSE and this company is a leading retailer of aftermarket automobile parts and accessories. Its head offices are located in Memphis and the company was launched in 1979. Today, Autozone has more than 5200 retail shops. The company was known as Auto Shack in its earlier avatar, as it was also a wholesale grocer. But it divested the grocery business and changed its name to Autozone.

5. Markel Corporation – $838

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Markel Corporation is a financial holding company that was founded by Samuel Markel in Virginia in 1930. The company has an interesting origin. In 1920, a new law mandated that all buses and taxis should be insured. Markel was not able to find an insurance company for the purpose, so he founded a mutual insurance company named Mutual Casualty Association. Later the company name was changed to Markel Corporation and it has its headquarters in Henrico County, Virginia.

4. Priceline Group Inc. – $1,098

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Priceline.com helps customers get discounts for air tickets and hotel rooms. The company was founded in 1997 by Jay S. Walker. It has its headquarters in Norwalk, CO. Hong Kong company Cheung Kong Holdings owns a majority stake in Priceline’s stock. The company’s current CEO is Paul J. Hennessy.

3. NVR Inc. – $1,526

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This company was founded as Ryan Homes in 1940. It changed its name to NVR Incorporated in 1980. NVR Inc.’s main business is home building and mortgage. They construct and sell buildings and homes under the brand names Ryan Homes, Rymarc, NV Homes and Heartland Homes. The company has constructed more than 365,000 homes thus far in the US. NVR Inc.’s current CEO is Paul C. Saville.

2. Seaboard Corporation – $2,606

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Seaboard Corporation is a Fortune 500 giant with net sales of $6.67 billion in 2013. The company’s main business is pork production and processing as well as ocean transportation. Internationally, Seaboard is also involved in electrical power generation, sugar production, grain processing, and commodity merchandising. The company owns 30 container vessels. Seaboard Corp. employs about 23,000 people and is headquartered in Merriam, Kansas.

1. Berkshire Hathaway Inc. – $190,499

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Berkshire Hathaway Inc. is by far the most expensive stock in the world. Its class A shares traded at $190,499.50 per share on the NYSE at the time of writing this article. Berkshire Hathaway is a multinational conglomerate that wholly owns NetJets, FlightSafety International, Helzberg Diamonds, Fruit of the Loom, Dairy Queen, Lubrizol, BNSF, and GEICO. The company has significant minority holdings in blue chip brands such as IBM, Wells Fargo, Coca-Cola, and American Express. Berkshire Hathaway’s CEO is Warren Buffett who is known as the “Oracle of Omaha”. Buffett has made his name as a shrewd investor and his 2015 net worth of $63.1 billion makes him the third richest man in the world.

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