Berkshire Hathaway Case Study

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Chapter 2
Company Profile
Berkshire Hathaway Inc.
Berkshire Hathaway Inc. is an American multinational conglomerate investment company headquartered in Omaha, Nebraska, United States. It is involved in the following businesses:
1. Diversified Investments
2. Property and Casualty Insurance
3. Utilities
4. Restaurant
5. Food Processing
6. Aerospace
7. Media
8. Toys
9. Automotive
10. Sporting Goods
11. Internet
12. Real Estate
It wholly owns FlightSafety International, BNSF Railway, GEICO, Fruit of the Loom, Lubrizol, Helzberg Diamonds, Pampered Chef, and NetJets, and also owns 26.7% of the Kraft Heinz Company, and significant minority stakes in American Express(17.0%), The Coca-Cola Company (9.4%), IBM (6.9%), Apple (2.5%) and Wells Fargo (9.9%).
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In the early part of Buffett 's career at Berkshire, he focused on long-term investments in publicly traded companies, but lately he has more often bought whole companies. Berkshire now owns a varied range of business ventures which include confectionery, retail, railroad, home furnishings, encyclopedias, jewelry sales, manufacturers of vacuum cleaners, newspaper publishing, manufacture and distribution of uniforms, and several regional electric and gas…show more content…
Oliver Chace had earlier worked for Samuel Slater, who was the founder of the very first flourishing textile mill in the America. Mr. Chace founded his 1st textile mill in the year 1806. In the year 1929, a merger between the Valley Falls Company and Berkshire Cotton Manufacturing Company took place. The Berkshire Cotton Manufacturing Company was founded in the year 1889 in the town of Adams, Massachusetts . The merger resulted in the formation of a new company by the name of Berkshire Fine Spinning Associates.In 1955, another merger took place which was between Berkshire Fine Spinning Associates and Hathaway Manufacturing Company(founded by Horatio Hathaway in the year 1888 in the city of New Bedford, Massachusetts) Hathaway Manufacturing Company was built from the profits of the China Trade and whaling. In the first decades of his business venture, Hathaway had been pretty successful but suffered a decline, which was general in the textile industry after the World War I had ended. Around this time, Hathaway was headed by Mr. Seabury Stanton, whose investment labors were rewarded with improved profitability after 'The Great Depression '. After the merger took place, Berkshire Hathaway had 15 manufacturing plants which were employing over 12,000 workers
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