Making a great investment depends on a number of factors. Being in the right place at the right time, knowing the right person, and having a vision for a business or sector can all add up to a big payday.

We wondered which investors have managed to shine in terms of return on investment (when adjusted for inflation). As you might imagine, investors who saw the potential of Facebook, eBay and other Internet success stories made out well.

But there are great investments to be found in any age. Just look at the stories of Asa Candler (Coke) and Howard Hughes (TWA) and others who found riches in other eras.

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