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  • CEO
    Warren E. Buffett
  • Address
    3555 Farnam St., Omaha, NE 68131
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Berkshire Hathaway’s per-share book value rose 14.4% in 2012, but it was less than the Standard & Poor 500’s 16-percent gain. Amid a stock market that hit record highs, the index has outperformed Berkshire over the past four years.

CEO Warren Buffett called 2012 a “subpar” year, saying if the market continues to gain this year, the benchmark stock index could have its first five-year win ever. Though the Omaha, Neb.-based holding company made no major acquisitions, it started 2013 with a big one: Ketchup! Berkshire teamed up with 3G Capital for a $23 billion acquisition of H.J. Heinz.

Beyond all that’s Americana, Berkshire continued to see opportunities in the printed word. It spent $344 million to buy 28 daily newspapers. In the future, Buffett expects more purchases of newspapers if the price is right.

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Key Financials

$ Millions% change
Total Shareholder Equity187,647-
Market Value (on March 29, 2013)256,768-

Profit as a % of

Profit Percent Sales256,768
Profit Percent Assets3.5
Profit Percent Shareholder Equity7.9

Earnings Per Share

Earnings Per Share8,977
EPS % Change (from 2012)44.4
EPS Change (5 year)1
EPS Change (10 year)12.4

Total Return to Investors

Total Return to Investors16.8
Total Return to Investors (5 year)-1.1
Total Return to Investors (10 year)