By John Melloy, Executive Producer for Fast Money NEW YORK ( CNBC) --Warning: This article may cause you to a punch a hole in your drywall. In 2002, if you had purchased Apple ( AAPL) stock instead of putting the same amount of money into a house, you'd have almost $10 million right now. That's based on analysis by TradeMonster.com co-founder Jon Najarian, who took various common assets purchased in our lifetime, like a house, and priced them in Apple terms. For example, the typical American home cost $228,000 in 2002, according to U.S. census data. With that money, you could have bought 18,704 shares of Apple at their price a decade ago of $12.19 a share.
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"But if you took the bus" as Najarian put it, and purchased 68 shares of Apple ($840/$12.19) instead, you would now own $36,244 worth of the iPhone maker--a nice $35K profit. Annual board and tuition for a private, non-profit college was $31,000 in 2002, according to the Census Bureau. If you let your child pay his own way and instead bought 2,543 shares of Apple, that stock investment would now be worth $1.36 million today, according to Najarian's calculations. Tuition now costs $39,000 on average. The stock is up 30 percent this year and 500 percent over the last ten years. These gains -- as it went from selling the iPod and Macs in 2002 to a halo of sought after personal electronics today -- have made it the most valuable company in the world. --Written by John Melloy at CNBC.