Case | HBS Case Collection | January 2009

Berkshire Hathaway

by Bharat N. Anand and Samhita Patwardhan Jayanti

Abstract

Berkshire Hathaway describes the history and strategy of one of the best known investment firms over the last forty years. The case describes the investment philosophy of Warren Buffett, its legendary chairman and CEO, the gradual diversification of its portfolio, its capital allocation strategy, compensation structure, and corporate governance approach, leading up to August 2008.

Keywords: History; Private Equity; Diversification; Resource Allocation; Investment Portfolio; Corporate Strategy; Investment; Corporate Governance;

Citation:

Anand, Bharat N., and Samhita Patwardhan Jayanti. "Berkshire Hathaway." Harvard Business School Case 709-449, January 2009.