How to turn $20,000 into $225,000 in 10 years with ASX shares

$20,000 investments in NEXTDC Ltd (ASX:NXT) and these ASX shares in 2011 would have made you wealthy today. Here’s how wealthy…

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I’m a big fan of buy and hold investing and believe it is the best way for investors to grow their wealth.

To demonstrate how successful it can be, I like to pick out a number of popular ASX shares to see how much a single $20,000 investment 10 years ago would be worth today.

This time around I have picked out the three ASX shares that are listed below:

Aristocrat Leisure Limited (ASX: ALL)

This gaming technology company’s shares have been strong performers since 2011. During this time the company has carved out a leadership position in the poker machine market and has completed a couple of major earnings accretive acquisitions. The acquisitions of Plarium for US$500 million and Big Fish for $1.3 billion opened up the company to the rapidly growing mobile and social gaming markets and diversified its business. This proved to be especially important during the height of the pandemic when casinos close. The company’s success has led to its shares generating an average total return of 27.5% per annum over the last 10 years. This would have turned a $20,000 investment into $227,000.

Nanosonics Ltd (ASX: NAN)

The Nanosonics share price has been a market beater over the last decade. This has been thanks to the increasing demand for the infection control company’s trophon EPR disinfection system for ultrasound probes. Over the last 10 years the company has consistently grown its market share, which is good for two reasons. One is the unit sales it generates, the other is the growing recurring revenues it generates from the consumable products the trophon EPR system needs to function. This has underpinned strong revenue growth and an impressive average total return of 23.8% per annum since 2011. This means a $20,000 investment would now be worth $169,000.


Thanks to the shift to the cloud, a significant increase in demand for data centre services, and its growing network of centres across Australia, NEXTDC’s sales and earnings have been growing at a strong rate for a decade. This has led to its shares smashing the market over the last 10 years. During this time, the NEXTDC share price has provided investors with an average total return of 21.6% per annum. This would have turned a $20,000 investment into $141,000 in 2021.

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James Mickleboro owns shares of NEXTDC Limited. The Motley Fool Australia's parent company Motley Fool Holdings Inc. owns shares of Nanosonics Limited. The Motley Fool Australia has recommended Nanosonics Limited. The Motley Fool has a disclosure policy. This article contains general investment advice only (under AFSL 400691). Authorised by Bruce Jackson.

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