March 13, 1986: Microsoft’s Initial Public Stock Offering (IPO)
1986-$21.00 a share was the first price for stock in Microsoft. 2.5 million shares were sold, raising the price to 27.75 and netting the company 61 million initially. Since then, the highest it has gone was 57.91 on Dec 24th, 1999. Yet with about 10 stock splits and several dividends in the 24 years, people definitely got their money’s worth. If you would have purchased 100 shares in 1986 and let those shares ride until today, you would have 102,400 shares of stock at appx. $29 a share.
Wikazine – Full show notes for March 13
- Apple and Bandai demonstrate the Pippin Atmark Multimedia computer
- JTS sells Atari to HIACXI
- Jerry Jalava gets the first prothstetic thumb drive