Berkshire Hathaway

Inside The Berkshire Hathaway Inc. Annual General Meeting
Attendees pass a cardboard cut out of Warren Buffett, chairman and chief executive officer of Berkshire Hathaway Inc., displayed during a shareholders shopping day ahead of the Berkshire Hathaway annual meeting in Omaha, Nebraska, U.S., on Friday, May 5, 2017. Thousands of Berkshire investors will gather in Omaha for the company's annual meeting on Saturday. Photographer: Daniel Acker/Bloomberg via Getty ImagesDaniel Acker — Bloomberg via Getty Images
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This year Berkshire Hathaway ranks higher than ever before, yet the holding company is less about Warren Buffett than it ever was. Berkshire once generated the bulk of its income from Buffett's investment mastery. Today it's a conglomerate of dozens of companies from car insurance company Geico to underwear maker Fruit of the Loom to railroad giant Burlington Northern. Berkshire generates about three-quarters of its revenue from its non-financial operating businesses. The company was founded in 1889 and is headquartered in Omaha, Neb.

Company Info

CEOWarren E. Buffett
CEO TitleChairman & Chief Executive Officer
IndustryInsurance: Property and Casualty (Stock)
HQ LocationOmaha, NE
Years on Fortune 500 List23

Key Financials (Last Fiscal Year)

Revenues ($M)$223,604
Profits ($M)$24,074
Assets ($M)$620,854
Total Stockholder Equity ($M)$283,001
Market Value — as of March 31, 2017 ($M)$411,035

Profit Ratios

Profit as % of Revenues10.8%
Profits as % of Assets3.9%
Profits as % of Stockholder Equity8.5%

Earnings Per Share (Last Fiscal Year)

Earnings Per Share ($)14,645
EPS % Change (from 2015)-0.1%
EPS % Change (5 year annual rate)18.7%
EPS % Change (10 year annual rate)7.4%

Total Return

Total Return to Investors (2016)23.4%
Total Return to Investors (5 year, annualized)16.3%
Total Return to Investors (10 year, annualized)8.3%