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  • Rank18
  • Previous Rank24
  • CEO
    Warren E. Buffett
  • Employees288,500
  • Website
    www.berkshirehathaway.com

Berkshire Hathaway’s per-share book value rose 14.4% in 2012, but it was less than the Standard & Poor 500’s 16% 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

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Revenues162,46313.1
Profits14,82444.6
Assets427,452-