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Berkshire Hathaway

  • Previous Rank3
  • Revenues ($M)$247,837.0
  • Revenue Percent Change2.4%
  • Profits ($M)$4,021.0
  • Profits Percent Change-91.1%
  • Assets ($M)$707,794.0
  • Employees389,000

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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Company Info

CEO
Warren E. Buffett
CEO Title
Chairman, President & Chief Executive Officer
Sector
Financials
Industry
Insurance: Property and Casualty (Stock)
HQ Location
Omaha, Neb.
Websitehttp://www.berkshirehathaway.com
Years on Fortune 500 List35
Employees389,000

Key Financials (Last Fiscal Year)

$ millions% change
Revenues ($M)$247,837.02.4%
Profits ($M)$4,021.0-91.1%
Assets ($M)$707,794.0-
Total Stockholder Equity ($M)$348,703.0-

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
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%