There are many of us who had the opportunity to make a small investment years ago, but passed on the opportunity. While most new companies go bust while trying to make a go of it, there are a few that hit the ground running and made it to the status of multi-billion dollar producers in the industry. It’s not easy to take a chance on a new startup when they’ve not yet proven themselves. Getting in on the ground floor of a new company is risky, but there is also the potential for substantial monetary rewards and a high return on your initial investment. There are so many different options for investing that choosing the right stock can become a daunting task. Those that are in the high risk category can take your investment value down to zero, but they can also make you rich over time. There are usually ups and downs in the value of the stock, and any investment can be a wild ride. Nonetheless, there are some businesses that have made the people who were willing to take a chance on them much wealthier than they would have otherwise been. If you’d have put a grand down on one of the more successful companies from the 2000s, where would be be financially speaking today? Here are twenty major companies that have done well, and that you probably wish you would have invested in about ten years ago.