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Berkshire Hathaway

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  • Previous Rank2
  • Revenues ($M)$242,137.00
  • Revenue Percent Change8.3%
  • Profits ($M)$44,940.00
  • Profits Percent Change86.7%
  • Assets ($M)$702,095.00
  • Employees377,000
  • Market Value — as of March 29, 2018 ($M)$492,008.40

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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Company Info

Warren E. Buffett
CEO Title
Chairman, President & Chief Executive Officer
Insurance: Property and Casualty (Stock)
HQ Location
Years on Fortune 500 List24

Berkshire Hathaway Rank History

Key Financials (Last Fiscal Year)

$ millions% change
Revenues ($M)$242,137.008.3%
Profits ($M)$44,940.0086.7%
Assets ($M)$702,095.00-
Total Stockholder Equity ($M)$348,296.00-
Market Value — as of March 29, 2018 ($M)$492,008.40-

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
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%