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Why was the World Created?

A Divine Business Venture.

The Purpose of Creation

The vision for creating the world is quite simple:

Before the creation of the world, there was only G-d and His Name.

Both G-d and His Name were “covered up” to enable the creation of the world.  [The investment]

The goal is to uncover — or rather to refine the cover so that the world itself will experience — both the Name of G-d and G-d Himself.  [The return]

Business terminology -- 

from a Heavenly outlook

Sources

Purpose of Creation is to reveal G-d in the (lower) worlds - Midrash Tanchuma, Naso, 16.