L’Oréal for the Long Term

L’Oréal is the French company that has given its shareholders the greatest returns over the last 25 years.

How much would you have now if you had invested $1000 in L’Oréal in 1978? The answer is a whopping $86,500! Yes, L’Oréal stock is worth 86.5 times what is was 25 years ago and the Group tops the list of twenty companies with the best long-term performances on the Paris Stock Exchange. Compiled by the Paris-based weekly, Le Journal des Finances, the list also includes such well-known Gallic firms as Bouygues, Carrefour, LMVH, Danone, Air Liquide, Pernod-Ricard, Galeries Lafayette and Accor.