GTA V: How to Make $1.5 Billion or more in Lester's Assassination Missions

A user from PS3trophies has discovered an awesome of making a whopping 1.5 billion in Grand Theft Auto V: Lester's Assassination Missions.

The step by step guide below gives out detail on how to get up to 1.5 billion from these missions by playing the stock market. According to PS3trophies user "Ramez05" via this method GTA V players are guaranteed to get these results (1.5 billion) every time.

Few Important Things to Note:

  • These steps are very time sensitive so don't waste too much time between missions or you might miss an investment window.
  • Be sure make use of multiple save files and make sure to save before each investment or each assassination mission because the timing on some of this can be a bit tricky and confusing.
  • For a condensed TL;DR version scroll down to the very bottom.


Lester Assassination Mission #1 - Hotel Assasination

This will come naturally being that you cannot progress through the rest of the story without having to do the first one. Invest in [BET] BettaPharmaceuticals (BAWSAQ) with each character before starting the mission with Franklin. You won't have much money to invest so the take won't be that big. Im not exactly sure what the max return percentage is on the investment because at the time I did the mission I wasnt that familiar with how the stock market works. If i remember correctly though it caps out at around 80% profit at least.



There are probably other ways of manipulating the stock market and making vast amounts of cash without these missions but if you do them early on you will miss out on being able to invest your take from the final heist on his stock tips and thus not be able to make vast amounts of money as quickly.


Finish all the main story missions besides Lester's assassination missions.

Once you finish the last story mission you get the money you made from the last heist you did at which point you can get on the road towards being a billionaire.


Lester Assassination Mission #2 - The Multi Target Assassination

BEFORE accepting the mission invest all the money you have with each character in the stock [DEB] Debonaire (LCN). Immediately after this mission is completed the stock price will start to rise. It will take around 8 in game hours to reach its peak at 80% return percentage at which point you can sell all your stock with each character. If you wait too long to sell then the return will be significantly lower so keep an eye on the stock and wait for it to reach its peak and make sure to sell before the next trading day which begins every weekday at 8am in game time.

Here are my numbers to show you what I made with Michael: $32, 081,246 invested. $58,714,376 return.

STEP 4.5

Invest in Redwood

This is the most important step and the step most people are not aware of. Even though you are meant to hurt this company with the last assassination mission they come out on top in the end. Invest all your money with each character in [RWC] Redwood (LCN). With any of your characters advance the in game clock by 48 hours past the last trading day which started at 8am by going the the save screen at any of safe houses and then backing out immediately. Each time you back out from a save the clock advances 6 hours. If you wait 2 days and land on a weekend you have to wait additional days to get to the next week as stock prices do not move on weekends. Once you get to start of the second trading day Redwood's stock will be up by a whopping 300% instantly at which point you sell.

Here is what I made with Michael: $58,714,376 invested. $234,839,456 return.


Lester Assassination Mission #3 - The Vice Assassination

BEFORE starting the mission invest all your money with each character in [FRT] Fruit (BAWSAQ) and then complete the mission. You will net a max of 50% return from this stock at which point sell it on all your characters.

Here is what I made with Michael: $234,839,456 invested. $353,735,360 return.


Lester Assassination Mission #4 - The Bus Assassination

Complete the mission as you would do normally. AFTER completion invest all your money with each character in [VAP] Vapid (BAWSAQ). Advance the in game clock 2 days and at the start of the second trading day the stock will be up 100% instantly and will not peak any further at which point you sell.

Here is what I made with Michael: $353,735,360 invested. $707,470,720 return


Lester Assassination Mission # 7 -The Construction Assassination

BEFORE starting the mission invest all your money with each character in [GCD] GoldCoast (LCN) and then complete the mission. You will net a max of 80% return from this stock at which point sell it on all your characters.

Here is what I made with Michael: $707,470,720 invested. $1,282,880,384 return.

Ramez05 also shared a Condensed Version of his above guide:


  • BEFORE the second assassination mission invest in [DEB] Debonaire (LCN). Sell at 80% return.


  • Invest in [RWC] Redwood (LCN). Advance in game clock 2 days. Sell at 300% return.


  • BEFORE the third assassination mission invest in [FRT] Fruit (BAWSAQ). Sell at 50% return.


  • AFTER the fourth assassination mission invest in [VAP] Vapid (BAWSAQ). Advance in game clock 2 days. Sell at 100% return.


  • BEFORE the fifth assassination mission invest in [GCD] GoldCoast (LCN). Sell at 80% return.

If you need any help related to this guide, do let us know in the comment section below. All credit of above guide goes to PS3Trophies User Ramez05.

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LipeSouza93's picture
LipeSouza93 (not verified) posted on Tue, 2014-01-28 21:36
Thanks to this guide I've managed to reach yhe ma amount (around 2.1bi)for Trevor and Michael and something around 1.8bi for Franklin. And I still have the last assassination mission to do! Think I'm gonna buy all properties and cars before doing that last one. Thanks a lot!!
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manos (not verified) posted on Thu, 2014-01-16 01:06
I have $2.147.483.647 with all 3 characters, but I have a question. Is that number the maximum amount of money that you can reach ? I was supposed to get more money with Michael as I invested more with him at the final assasination. Please answer me :)
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Ash (not verified) posted on Thu, 2013-12-19 12:34
What do I do if I can't buy fruit and vapid becoz my bawsaq is down for maintenance?
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Rozmere (not verified) posted on Fri, 2014-01-17 16:52
Youhave to be signed into the network. the easiest way i know to do this is to take a picture with your phone, it will connect you.
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SpeedFight (not verified) posted on Mon, 2013-12-02 16:13
After the Hotel Assasination Betta only peaks at 50% not 80% tested this one several times. But here you missed something, after selling Betta BUY Bilkinton and sell when it hits 100% And you can have something to spend even at The Hotel Assasination, I got before with michael 3.3M franklin 1.3M and trevor 350K After The Hotel assasination that was michael 9.8M franlin 3.6M and trevor 1M I doubled those ammounts even before The Multi Target Assasination by buying agury after The Big Score And selling it at 100% after the final mission option c Deathwish Thereafter michael had 20.3M franklin 8.6M and trevor 3M without the payout of The Big Score where i got 41.6M each and still 4 assasinations to go and a hitch lift :)
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zxturbo01 (not verified) posted on Sat, 2013-11-09 03:52
I finished the storyline. I am on the third mission with Lester and the BAWSAQ market is down for maintenance).
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richard (not verified) posted on Sun, 2013-10-27 15:28
Works like a charm...on I believe the last mission the construction on where u have to climb the freaking high ladder, call a cab and let it take u to the target u will end up on top of the roof...walk down 2 floors and walk to the edge of the building near the crane to spawn the enemies....
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Viktor (not verified) posted on Thu, 2013-10-24 18:24
How long does it take to get to the 50% profit at the Fruit stocks after the Vice mission? Currently it stays around 20% profit, tops at 22% and 18% at this moment.
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Rockstar Glen (not verified) posted on Tue, 2013-10-15 20:38
I have done this but changed slightly, i did all up to the bus assasination, then i did a side mission where you take a hitch hiker to the airport with Michael (find him on the east heading up north out of the city) then i did the final step and made over 2,147,483,647 ( which is the limit in the game!) i didnt sell all of my gold shares so ive also got a few thousand of those to sell :) thanks for the help :)
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Rich (not verified) posted on Tue, 2013-10-15 10:09
I need help i did every mission be4 the required lester assassination an i put all my money into betta an it tops out at 49.99% i saved be4 investing an reloaded my game but the same result again what im i doing wrong? Plz help
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Kevin Montalti (not verified) posted on Tue, 2013-10-08 06:39
The Redwood one is BS I My stock went down 19 percent After doing 18 IG Hours of the save back out thing...
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striker (not verified) posted on Wed, 2013-10-23 07:46
theres no stock market on week end you have to go seventy two hours if its a week end then seventy two hours from mon
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Brain (not verified) posted on Sun, 2013-10-13 13:26
It works man just keep trying it. I haven't even done the final Construction assassination and I already have a billion dollars with each character.
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Tre (not verified) posted on Tue, 2013-10-08 04:25
thanks for the info. i hate when people don't list the return percentages.. remember to invest all your money on the random movie premier mission on flyus. i doubled that shit.
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Gcorleone (not verified) posted on Sun, 2013-10-06 22:03
VERY GOOD GUIDE!! really good information, and it works :)
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Gcorleone (not verified) posted on Mon, 2013-10-07 19:24
But with the mission "Lester Assassination Mission #3 - The Vice Assassination" I get only a profit of 25%, and then it goes down. So maybe it's depatched with the last update.
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Mike (not verified) posted on Wed, 2013-10-16 08:41
I have the same problem, the only difference that the first time i did the mission it went up to 51% i started to sell the stock and between switching the characters the game froze. I had to reset the console, and now no matter what i do, and how many times i reload the stock won't go up past 25%. Don't know why...
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daddykirk (not verified) posted on Fri, 2013-11-01 02:24
mannn i got wasted with stupid trevor i reloaded a file and the same thing happened it never went higher than 25% i was so pissed i just took it as a loss
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Rena (not verified) posted on Sun, 2013-10-06 00:56
The Bus Assassination isn't working for me. I invested in (VAP) Vapid but it's down -18.98 and my profit is -6,903,648 because I invested $36,371,328. It's not going up, I've followed the directions.
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Stuart (not verified) posted on Fri, 2013-10-04 17:40
If you already did the Multi Target Assassination. will the Redwood trick no longer work?
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FOAM (not verified) posted on Wed, 2013-10-02 08:27
THANKS! Using your method plus investing in Facade stock after selling iFruit stock got me 2 BILLION per character, 2.1 billion with Micheal. I started off with 38m per character & 40 million with Micheal after "The Big One".
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Shaba (not verified) posted on Tue, 2013-10-01 23:59
Did this worked great!!! All characters have over 1billion amazing Im about to buy san andeas gov. lol
jay's picture
jay (not verified) posted on Tue, 2013-10-01 12:52
The bus assassination goes up to 146% after a few days.
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Rockstar Glen (not verified) posted on Tue, 2013-10-15 14:10
this worked! i waited the 2 days as said and saved my gave at 100% return, then i moved the game on 4 days (by going into the save screen but returning out of it without saveing) and i got no more than 100% return, so i loaded my original save from after the 2 days and i had the 146.91 return!!! much money and thanks!!!
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Nick (not verified) posted on Wed, 2014-01-08 21:27
I did the same thing as you but when I waited for 4 days and went back to the first save of 2 days my game froze wile loiading. So I had to turn it of and go back and wen I got back in the game, and this is fucking crazy, I dindn't had a 100% return or a 146,91% return. No I got a fucking 212.12% return!! Flipt my money from 600m to 1,8b!! And please don't ask me how, I have no fucking clue!
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wheelergoalie (not verified) posted on Tue, 2013-10-01 10:48
Now, if your AUG shares are negative and less than $100 a share, invest all your money into that and go wreak havoc on automobiles. The share price will continue to grow until by about 200% This only works if you didn't blow up a TON of cars in the storyline though
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mike (not verified) posted on Tue, 2013-10-01 06:14
After you sell your ifruit stock if you buy facade it goes up again
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Hanke (not verified) posted on Wed, 2013-10-02 04:22
CONFIRMED! After a few days 'Facade' rebounded! 33.33% increase for me!
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tnt20uga (not verified) posted on Thu, 2013-10-03 05:08
DOUBLE CONFIRMED! thanks for the info!
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Morningstar (not verified) posted on Sun, 2013-09-29 20:50
Thanks, investing in vapid on the 4th step lost me 100 million
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Pitchy (not verified) posted on Wed, 2013-10-02 12:43
Clearly YOU did something wrong then.. because i gained 100 million and these steps are soo very easy to follow and there is this little feature in the game called saving which you can use to save your progress before you pull risky manoeuvres like that. its really not hard at all.
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jay (not verified) posted on Sun, 2013-10-06 00:38
U couldnt have said it any better
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Shaun (not verified) posted on Sun, 2013-09-29 07:50
ahha. nevermind. Turns out i had to wait for 2 weeks game time for it to go through lol. Stupid xbox
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Ames (not verified) posted on Tue, 2013-10-01 15:01
pretty sure the time it takes for redwood stock to rise to 300% is randomish. took me between 4-5 days, but it worked!
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Shaun (not verified) posted on Sun, 2013-09-29 04:56
I don't understand the redwood bit. Straight after the second ass. mission use all your money to buy redwood stocks on all characters then advance the game by 48 hours. What do you mean past the last trading day? I have advanced it by 48 hours. I completed the mission at 22:47 monday, advanced by 48 hours and am keeping an eye on it but it just keeps going down. 390,000 out of pocket. U confused the heck out of me when you said "at the start of the second trading day". Start of the second trading day would only be 24 hours not 48. Could you break it down into parts please using examples. Thanks.
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RickyGTA (not verified) posted on Sat, 2013-09-28 22:34
Thanks a lot!!!
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Hector (not verified) posted on Sat, 2013-09-28 20:28
messes up the redwood one i thought it was a seperate mission still walked away with 250 mill each from 24 mill each so thanks:)
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aaron (not verified) posted on Fri, 2013-09-27 08:17
It works for the redwood after mission, my stocks sold at 31.11 and resold at 123.4 after the weekend...lots of mulahhh
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Sean Mcintire (not verified) posted on Fri, 2013-09-27 00:30
Like this awesome stuff. but I am working on this now. I am on XBox360 so there may be a difference there who knows. But the ingame stock market still fluxs on the weekends. Tested just now using your back out save method. I completed the hotel assassination mission and invested everything that frank had while waiting for the timer. in the parking garage. return % capped at 42.66%. this was on a tuesday and stayed capped until Saturday, ingame. then plumited/reset. sunday still fluxed and monday seemed to have a reset too since a lot was different compared to sunday. this method isnt completly guarenteed since we havent figured out in stone how the market works since I have found a few flaws while trying this method already. thanks for it though. helps us all when working the SM

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