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5 ASX shares that would’ve made you a fortune in 5 years

Finding ASX shares that can make you a fortune in just 5 years is every investor’s dream. Investing in that one knockout winner can make a life-changing impact on your portfolio and your personal wealth. Of course, the ASX boards are littered with the broken dreams of those investors who’ve made the wrong bets. We can’t all find the next Amazon.com.

But we can take a look at some past ASX winners that made their investors very rich over the past 5 years.

CSL Limited (ASX: CSL)

CSL is one of those rare shares that has made an absolute motza for its investors over the past 5 years, despite its size and blue chip status. Five years ago, CSL shares were trading at $87.40 each. Fast forward to today and CSL shares will set you back $286.22 (at the time of writing). That’s a 227% gain in 5 years.

Xero Limited (ASX: XRO)

Xero has been another ASX fortune maker over the past 5 years. This cloud-based accounting software provider was a slow burner in its infancy but has really stepped on the gas over the past few years, as its scalable business model works its magic. Five years ago, Xero shares were asking just $17.06. Today, those same shares will set you back $88.39. That’s more than 400% in gains that investors have enjoyed since 2015.

Northern Star Resources Ltd (ASX: NST)

It’s not often that ASX gold miners are cited as favoured money makers, but ask any Northern Star shareholder for their opinion on the matter. This mid-cap miner’s shares have spent the past 5 years rocketing from $2.28 in 2015 to $13.20 today. If you go back another 5 years to 2010, Northern Star was just 6 cents per share. Who said that gold doesn’t glitter! Any lucky shareholder that acquired Northern Star ownership in 2015 would be looking at nearly a 480% gain today. And for anyone who got in back in 2010? Hello 22,000%.

Afterpay Ltd (ASX: APT)

Afterpay’s phenomenal success would probably be familiar to every ASX investor by now. After all, this buy now, pay later pioneer is a share that is up more than 35% in just the last month alone. But what of those long-term investors in Afterpay? Well, back in 2015, you could have picked up Afterpay shares for just $2.95. Fast forward to today and Afterpay is making yet more record highs, going for $57.34 at the time of writing. That’s a 1,844% return since 2015. Talk about a fortune maker!

Fortescue Metals Group Limited (ASX: FMG)

Much like CSL, this ASX blue chip iron miner doesn’t immediately come to mind as a ‘multi-bagger‘ share. Yet this company’s numbers tell a different story. Back in 2015, you could have picked up some Fortescue shares for just $2.16. Today, those same shares will set you back $14.61 – netting any lucky buyer in 2015 a 576% increase in their fortune. Not bad for a red dirt digger.

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Sebastian Bowen has no position in any of the stocks mentioned. The Motley Fool Australia's parent company Motley Fool Holdings Inc. owns shares of CSL Ltd. and Xero. The Motley Fool Australia owns shares of AFTERPAY T FPO. We Fools may not all hold the same opinions, but we all believe that considering a diverse range of insights makes us better investors. The Motley Fool has a disclosure policy. This article contains general investment advice only (under AFSL 400691). Authorised by Scott Phillips.

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