Berkshire Hathaway Class A – Ever wonder who buys these shares?

One share of Berkshire Hathaway Inc. (BRK-A) Class A share is selling for about $216,000 with a market cap of $346 billion. Ever wonder who buys these shares?

Well there’s volume as demonstrated by the table below, even for a stock that’s stands for the definition of a classic buy and hold. There’s about $71.8 million of the share being traded daily with about 259 trades per day.

Berkshire A stock trades at 1,500 times the value of Berkshire B (called “Baby B’s”) which trades for $143 a share. Those shares have reduced voting rights as compared to the Class A.

So who are the traders? Well there’s no exact way to find out but the typical parties are involved; Hedge funds, index funds, institutions, high frequency traders, and old timers who are cashing out.

I included three tables. The first one is a table of the last thirty of trading of BRK-A. The 2nd one includes all the major shareholders. Warren Buffett holds the most Class A shares. And the last table is the historical yearly price of the BRK-A from 1977 to 2014, when it first passed the $200,000 milestone.

Berkshire Hathaway Class A Volume

 

Berkshire Hathaway Class A Owners

 

It's take Berkshire Hathaway shares xx years to climb from $100 to $200,000 a share. (Source: Howard Silverblatt, senior index analyst, S&P Dow Jones Indices.

 

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