How Many Berkshire Hathaway Shares Does Warren Buffett Still Own?

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Jul 14, 2009
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Warren Buffett just reported the Berkshire shares he still owns after the recent donations. We all know that Warren Buffett is once the richest man on the earth. He got rich because he is the most successful investor ever, and he has grown his snowball Berkshire Hathaway to one of the largest companies in the world.


Warren Buffett just filed an update with SEC regarding to the Berkshire shares he owns. As of July 1, 2009, Warren Buffett owns directly and beneficially 350,000 shares of Class A and 1,501,532 shares of Class B common stocks, which are 33.10% of the outstanding shares of Class A Common Stock, and 10.12% of the outstanding shares of Class B Common Stock, respectively. Buffett has 31.60% of the aggregate voting power of the outstanding shares of Class A Common Stock and Class B Common Stock, and 25.78% of the economic interest of the outstanding shares of Class A Common Stock and Class B Common Stock.


Warren Buffett has committed most of Berkshire shares to charities. On July 1, 2009, Mr. Buffett donated 428,688 shares of Class B Common Stock to the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, 42,869 shares of Class B Common Stock to the Susan Thompson Buffett , 15,005 shares of Class B Common Stock to each of the Sherwood Foundation, the Howard G. Buffett Foundation and the NoVo Foundation.


The Berkshire shares that Warren Buffett owns are worth about $35 billion. In March Forbes estimated that Warren Buffetts personal net worth is about $37 billion, this includes other holdings in his personal portfolio, like the 2.2 million shares of Wells Fargo (WFC, Financial).

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