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Berkshire Hathaway

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After reaching a record high of No. 2 on the Fortune 500 last year, Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway drops back below Exxon. The conglomerate holding company–whose many subsidiaries include Geico and the railroad Burlington Northern–struggled to grow through acquisitions in 2017, losing out on its bid for Oncor when it refused to raise its offer. Still, the Oracle of Omaha’s investment portfolio beat the S&P 500, as Buffett traded in underperforming stocks like IBM for winners including Apple, now Berkshire’s largest holding. And while the heavy hurricane season was tough on Berkshire’s reinsurance business, it more than made up for the losses by selling a world-record-setting policy to AIG for $10.2 billion.

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CEO

Warren E. Buffett

CEO Title

Chairman, President & Chief Executive Officer

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Insurance: Property and Casualty (Stock)

HQ Location

Omaha

Years on Fortune 500 List

24

Employees

377,000

Key Financials (Last Fiscal Year)
$ millions% change
Revenues ($M)$242,1378.3%
Profits ($M)$44,940.086.7%
Assets ($M)$702,095
Total Stockholder Equity ($M)$348,296
Market Value — as of March 29, 2018 ($M)$492,008
Profit Ratios
Profit as % of Revenues18.6%
Profits as % of Assets6.4%
Profits as % of Stockholder Equity12.9%
Earnings Per Share (Last Fiscal Year)
Earnings Per Share ($)27,326.00
EPS % Change (from 2016)86.6%
EPS % Change (5 year annual rate)24.9%
EPS % Change (10 year annual rate)12.3%
Total Return
Total Return to Investors (2017)21.9%
Total Return to Investors (5 year, annualized)17.3%
Total Return to Investors (10 year, annualized)7.7%
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