Berkshire Hathaway Inc. is an American multinational conglomerate headquartered in Omaha, Nebraska. Berkshire Hathaway is currently the leading property and casualty (stock) insurance company in the world, generating over 255 billion U.S. dollars in total revenue in 2019. Led by Warren Buffet, the world’s fourth richest billionaire as of 2020, the early years of the company focused on long-term investments in publicly traded companies, but now more frequently purchase whole companies. The company currently wholly owns operating businesses such as McLane Company, GEICO, BNSF, NetJets Inc, Dairy Queen, among others.
The company also possesses significant minority holdings in Coca-Cola, American Express, Wells Fargo Fargo, IBM, and Apple, as well as large holdings in the major US airline carriers. In 2019, the stockholders’ equity of Berkshire Hathaway amounted to around 429 billion U.S. dollars and the company’s total assets, as of that same year, stood at approximately 818 billion U.S. dollars—more than half of which came from its segment for insurance and others. The company’s other business segments include operational divisions for investments, railroads, utilities and energy, as well as for finance and financial products. Berkshire’s diverse ownership ranges from retail companies to businesses that deal in home furnishing, confectionary, jewelry sales, newspaper publishing, and several regional electric and gas utilities.
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