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Berkshire Hathaway

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Warren Buffett’s conglomerate slips a spot on the Fortune 500 for the second year in a row, as relatively flat revenue growth (2.4%) puts its total sales behind those of Apple, which also happens to be Berkshire’s largest stock holding. While new accounting rules have created wild swings in Berkshire’s bottom line that have little to do with its long-term profitability, there was one serious dent: The company booked a $3 billion loss on its investment in Kraft Heinz, thanks to the ketchup maker’s massive write-down of its namesake cheese and Oscar Mayer deli meats brands. Meanwhile, Buffett handed over more responsibility to two potential successors, Ajit Jain (who now oversees the insurance business) and Gregory Abel (in charge of the rest of operations).

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CEO

Warren E. Buffett

CEO Title

Chairman, President & Chief Executive Officer

Sector

Financials

Industry

Insurance: Property and Casualty (Stock)

HQ Location

Omaha, Neb.

Years on Fortune 500 List

35

Employees

389,000

Key Financials (Last Fiscal Year)
$ millions% change
Revenues ($M)$247,8372.4%
Profits ($M)$4,021.0-91.1%
Assets ($M)$707,794
Total Stockholder Equity ($M)$348,703
Profit Ratios
Profit as % of Revenues1.6%
Profits as % of Assets0.6%
Profits as % of Stockholder Equity1.2%
Earnings Per Share (Last Fiscal Year)
Earnings Per Share ($)2,446.00
EPS % Change (from 2017)-91.0%
EPS % Change (5 year annual rate)-27.1%
EPS % Change (10 year annual rate)-2.7%
Total Return
Total Return to Investors (2018)2.8%
Total Return to Investors (5 year, annualized)11.5%
Total Return to Investors (10 year, annualized)12.2%
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