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Apple is Berkshire’s largest stock holding, but Buffett and Co. own a bigger share of these companies

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By Philip van Doorn

This is 13F season — when investment companies report their holdings to the Securities and Exchange Commission. It’s always instructive to look at Berkshire Hathaway’s holdings to see if CEO Warren Buffett has been up to anything new, and of course to think about his favorite stock investments.

Berkshire Hathaway Inc. /zigman2/quotes/200060694/composite BRK.B +1.71% is, of course, primarily a conglomerate of insurance companies, but also railroads, utilities and companies involved in power generation. Through its stock portfolio, Berkshire also has large investments in other industries, as you can see below.

The company’s quarterly 13F listing its stock holdings as of Dec. 31 was filed with the SEC on Feb. 14. One change of note from the previous quarter was that Berkshire Hathaway had bought shares of Activision Blizzard Inc. /zigman2/quotes/200717283/composite ATVI +0.35% before the video game developer agreed to be acquired by Microsoft Corp. /zigman2/quotes/207732364/composite MSFT +1.70% on Jan. 18. This is an all-cash deal valued at $68.7 billion , which will need to clear regulatory hurdles before completion.

Berkshire’s Activision shares were worth $975 million as of Dec. 31, which the Associated Press described as a “big stake.” However, that was actually Berkshire’s 24th largest stock holding as of the end of 2021. That’s hardly enough to move the needle for Berkshire.

Buffett has been a long-term holder of Apple Inc. /zigman2/quotes/202934861/composite AAPL +2.14% , and Berkshire’s Apple shares were worth $157.5 billion as of the end of 2021. But Berkshire’s ownership stake in Apple was 5.41%. Within Berkshire’s stock portfolio, the conglomerate had larger ownership percentages in 15 companies.

Two lists of Berkshire’s largest stock holdings

First, here are the 20 companies for which Berkshire held at least 3% of common shares as of Dec 31:

Company Ticker Value of Berkshire Hathaway’s holdings – Dec. 31, 2021 ($mil) Company market cap – Dec. 31, 2021 ($mil) Berkshire ownership stake
DaVita Inc. /zigman2/quotes/204229673/composite DVA $4,106 $11,592 35.42%
Kraft Heinz Co. /zigman2/quotes/203625533/composite KHC $11,690 $43,943 26.60%
Liberty Media Corp. Series A Liberty SiriusXM /zigman2/quotes/206865773/composite LSXMA $1,028 $4,954 20.74%
American Express Co. /zigman2/quotes/203805826/composite AXP $24,804 $126,717 19.57%
Liberty Media Corp. Series C Liberty SiriusXM /zigman2/quotes/207582816/composite LSXMK $2,197 $11,451 19.19%
Moody’s Corp. /zigman2/quotes/202808835/composite MCO $9,636 $72,609 13.27%
Bank of America Corp. /zigman2/quotes/200894270/composite BAC $44,939 $364,110 12.34%
VeriSign Inc. /zigman2/quotes/205260150/composite VRSN $3,253 $28,194 11.54%
Coca-Cola Co. /zigman2/quotes/209159848/composite KO $23,684 $255,787 9.26%
Store Capital Corp. /zigman2/quotes/204201694/composite STOR $840 $9,380 8.95%
Bank of New York Mellon Corp. /zigman2/quotes/200171276/composite BK $4,203 $47,964 8.76%
U.S. Bancorp /zigman2/quotes/206934678/composite USB $7,101 $83,289 8.53%
RH /zigman2/quotes/200286355/composite RH $974 $11,506 8.46%
Kroger Co. /zigman2/quotes/206215053/composite KR $2,780 $33,278 8.35%
Globe Life Inc. /zigman2/quotes/205226137/composite GL $595 $9,464 6.29%
Apple Inc. /zigman2/quotes/202934861/composite AAPL $157,529 $2,913,284 5.41%
General Motors Co. /zigman2/quotes/205226835/composite GM $3,518 $85,123 4.13%
StoneCo Ltd. Class A /zigman2/quotes/203590706/composite STNE $180 $4,432 4.07%
Verizon Communications Inc. /zigman2/quotes/204980236/composite VZ $8,253 $218,128 3.78%
Nu Holdings Ltd. Class A /zigman2/quotes/231028167/composite NU $1,005 $32,440 3.10%
Sources: Berkshire Hathaway 13F filing on Feb. 14, 2022; FactSet

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Here are Berkshire Hathaway’s largest stock investments by market value as of the end of 2021 — 23 companies valued $1 billion or more:

Company Ticker Value of Berkshire Hathaway’s holdings – Dec. 31, 2021 ($mil) Company market cap – Dec. 31, 2021 ($mil) Berkshire ownership stake
Apple Inc. /zigman2/quotes/202934861/composite AAPL $157,529 $2,913,284 5.41%
Bank of America Corp. /zigman2/quotes/200894270/composite BAC $44,939 $364,110 12.34%
American Express Co. /zigman2/quotes/203805826/composite AXP $24,804 $126,717 19.57%
Coca-Cola Co. /zigman2/quotes/209159848/composite KO $23,684 $255,787 9.26%
Kraft Heinz Co. /zigman2/quotes/203625533/composite KHC $11,690 $43,943 26.60%
Moody’s Corp. /zigman2/quotes/202808835/composite MCO $9,636 $72,609 13.27%
Verizon Communications Inc. /zigman2/quotes/204980236/composite VZ $8,253 $218,128 3.78%
U.S. Bancorp /zigman2/quotes/206934678/composite USB $7,101 $83,289 8.53%
Chevron Corp. /zigman2/quotes/205871374/composite CVX $4,488 $226,214 1.98%
Bank of New York Mellon Corp. /zigman2/quotes/200171276/composite BK $4,203 $47,964 8.76%
DaVita Inc. /zigman2/quotes/204229673/composite DVA $4,106 $11,592 35.42%
General Motors Co. /zigman2/quotes/205226835/composite GM $3,518 $85,123 4.13%
VeriSign Inc. /zigman2/quotes/205260150/composite VRSN $3,253 $28,194 11.54%
Kroger Co. /zigman2/quotes/206215053/composite KR $2,780 $33,278 8.35%
Charter Communications Inc. Class A /zigman2/quotes/201656355/composite CHTR $2,496 $112,622 2.22%
Liberty Media Corp. Series C Liberty SiriusXM /zigman2/quotes/207582816/composite LSXMK $2,197 $11,451 19.19%
Snowflake Inc. Class A /zigman2/quotes/220991541/composite SNOW $2,075 $103,759 2.00%
Visa Inc. Class A /zigman2/quotes/203660239/composite V $1,798 $361,346 0.50%
Amazon.com Inc. /zigman2/quotes/210331248/composite AMZN $1,778 $1,691,003 0.11%
Mastercard Incorporated Class A /zigman2/quotes/207581792/composite MA $1,432 $350,232 0.41%
Aon Plc Class A /zigman2/quotes/203448336/composite AON $1,321 $66,223 2.00%
Liberty Media Corp. Series A Liberty SiriusXM /zigman2/quotes/206865773/composite LSXMA $1,028 $4,954 20.74%
Nu Holdings Ltd. Class A /zigman2/quotes/231028167/composite NU $1,005 $32,440 3.10%
Sources: Berkshire Hathaway 13F filing on Feb. 14, 2022; FactSet

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