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After 10 years as a public company, Google returns eclipse 1,300%

Google celebrates 10 years as a public company Tuesday -- and investors lucky enough to hold the stock from its initial offering price have enjoyed a cumulative return of 1,304% as of Aug. 19. The stock's return has dwarfed those of the Russell 2000 (146%) and the large-cap Russell 1000 index (131%) during the same period.

On an annualized basis, the stock has returned 30.2% vs. 9.4% for the Russell 2000 and 8.7% for the Russell 1000.