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Berkshire Hathaway

August 18, 2014

Shares in US holding company Berkshire Hathaway could provide an “interesting alternative” for family offices that are currently turning to private equity funds and direct deals for long-term returns, a private investment adviser says.

Shares in US holding company Berkshire Hathaway could provide an “interesting alternative” for family offices that are currently turning to private equity funds and direct deals for long-term returns, a private investment adviser says.

Last week voting stock in the company, headed by Warren Buffett, surpassed $200,000 a piece. The next most expensive stock on the US market is Seaboard Corp, says financial data company FactSet, selling for a meagre $2,883.

February 26, 2013

Family businesses across the world have been in the process of making some mouthwatering acquisitions over the past two weeks, with Henkel and Berkshire Hathaway making bold expansions. Meanwhile, PPR made some savvy divestments in Scandinavia.

Family businesses across the world have been in the process of making some mouthwatering acquisitions over the past two weeks, with Henkel and Berkshire Hathaway making bold expansions. Meanwhile, PPR made some savvy divestments in Scandinavia, the New York Times Company put its Boston Globe newspaper up for sale, and UK company Cosalt went into administration.

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May 9, 2012

Details of Berkshire Hathaway’s attempts to find and prepare a replacement for Warren Buffett are unlikely to be revealed any time soon, after shareholders voted against a proposal for formal annual updates on the company’s succession plans.

Details of Berkshire Hathaway’s attempts to find and prepare a replacement for Warren Buffett are unlikely to be revealed any time soon, after shareholders voted against a proposal for formal annual updates on the company’s succession plans.

The resolution, tabled by labour union AFL-CIO, was rejected with 672,000 votes against and 32,000 for.

February 27, 2012

Warren Buffett has chosen who will succeed him as chief executive of Berkshire Hathaway, but the Sage of Omaha did not reveal his replacement's name.

Warren Buffett has chosen who will succeed him as chief executive of Berkshire Hathaway, but the Sage of Omaha did not reveal his replacement's name.

The 81-year-old had previously indicated that the Buffett family’s involvement in the company would continue – saying his son Howard would likely take over as non-executive chairman of the Nebraska-based company.

But up until last weekend, it was not clear if there were any succession plans in place for the chief executive role.

December 12, 2011

Multi-billionaire Warren Buffett, chairman and chief executive of investment company Berkshire Hathaway, has confirmed his son Howard will head the family business after his death.

Multi-billionaire Warren Buffett, chairman and chief executive of investment company Berkshire Hathaway, has confirmed his son Howard will head the family business after his death.

In an interview with US TV programme 60Minutes, which aired on 11 December, Buffett, 81, said he wants his second-oldest child Howard, 56, to succeed him as chairman of the Omaha, Nebraska-based company.

October 6, 2011

Next-generation members should follow their passions and not live their life with a sense of entitlement, the son of high-profile investor Warren Buffett exclusively told CampdenFB this week. 

Next-generation members should follow their passions and not live their lives with a sense of entitlement, the son of high-profile investor Warren Buffett exclusively told CampdenFB this week.

August 30, 2011

Way back, Warren Buffett earned renown as a backer to family businesses, whose cash flow funded his adventures on the stock market. The insurance sector later provided him with a similar opportunity. But, these days, his Berkshire Hathaway group likes to hunt big game in the banking sector.

Way back, Warren Buffett earned renown as a backer to family businesses, whose cash flow funded his adventures on the stock market. The insurance sector later provided him with a similar opportunity. But, these days, his Berkshire Hathaway group likes to hunt big game in the banking sector.

Its latest deal involves Bank of America, which has been in great need of a powerful friend, amid talk it had not set aside enough capital against its portfolio of toxic mortgage loans.

June 23, 2011

Families grinding out results from their businesses have a restrained appetite for growth but they are more concerned to avoid the humiliation of ruining them.

Family businesses tend to be small and niche, but, collectively, their influence on the global economy is significant.

Those which belong to Germany’s Mittelstand are at the heart of the country’s manufacturing miracle. Family companies are scattered right across Asia. Private banks in Switzerland are thriving, despite the credit crisis. Italy is kept going by a string of family businesses scattered across the north.

March 15, 2011

Investment company Berkshire Hathaway, headed by billionaire Warren Buffett, announced on 14 March that it will buy speciality chemicals company Lubrizol, in one of the largest deals in the Omaha, Nebraska-based company’s history.

Investment company Berkshire Hathaway, headed by billionaire Warren Buffett, announced on 14 March that it will buy speciality chemicals company Lubrizol, in one of the largest deals in the Omaha, Nebraska-based company’s history.

In a statement, Berkshire Hathaway said that the deal was valued at $9.7 billion and will be finalised by the third quarter of the year. Buffett said: “Lubrizol is exactly the sort of company with which we love to partner - the global leader in several market applications.”

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