Berkshire Hathaway’s Investments with Highest Market Value (2017)
The following table shows the 15 common stock investments by Berkshire Hathaway having the highest market value as of year end 2017.
Berkshire's 15 common stock investments with largest market value at year end 2017.
|Shares*||Company||Percentage of Company Owned||Cost** (millions)||Market Value (millions)|
|151,610,700||American Express Company||17.6||$1,287||$15,056|
|700,000,000||Bank of America Corporation||6.8||5,007||20,664|
|53,307,534||The Bank of New York Mellon Corporation||5.3||2,230||2,871|
|225,000,000||BYD Company Ltd.||8.2||232||1,961|
|6,789,054||Charter Communications, Inc.||2.8||1,210||2,281|
|400,000,000||The Coca-Cola Company||9.4||1,299||18,352|
|53,110,395||Delta Airlines Inc.||7.4||2,219||2,974|
|44,527,147||General Motors Company||3.2||1,343||1,825|
|11,390,582||The Goldman Sachs Group, Inc.||3||654||2,902|
|47,659,456||Southwest Airlines Co.||8.1||1,997||3,119|
|482,544,468||Wells Fargo & Company||9.9||11,837||29,276|
|Total Common Stocks Carried at Market||$74,676||$170,540|
Berkshire hathaway Inc. is a holding company that owns several subsidiaries engaged in a variety of businesses. Most important among these are insurance business, freight rail transportation business and a group of utility and energy generation and distribution businesses. Berkshire also owns and operates a large number of other businesses apart from these. These businesses operate independently or on a decentralized basis which means no central HR, marketing or finance function. However, the top management participates in resource allocation, investment and selection of CEOs for each of the businesses.
Five of Berkshire investments with the highest market value (as of year end, 2017) included Wells Fargo & Company, Apple Inc., Bank of America Corporation, the Coca Cola Company and the American Express Company. As per news sources, due to growth in Apple’s stock, the market value of Berkshire’s 5% stake in Apple is now around $50 Billions. This is the highest stake Berkshire has in any one company (CNN Business).
Berkshire Hathaway Annual Report 2017