| Berkshire Hathaway is a holding company. Co.'s subsidiaries are engaged in several business activities which include: underwriting private passenger automobile insurance; operation of a railroad system in North America; regulated electric and gas utility; manufacturing of products including industrial, consumer and building products; wholesale distribution of groceries and non-food items; provider of services including aviation pilot training, electronic components distribution and retailing businesses, including automotive dealerships; and manufactured housing and related consumer financing, transportation equipment, manufacturing and leasing, and furniture leasing. We show 33 historical shares outstanding datapoints in our coverage of BRK.B's shares outstanding history.|
Understanding the changing numbers of Berkshire Hathaway shares outstanding — and
comprehending the concept of differing number of shares outstanding in general comparing companies like Berkshire Hathaway versus peers —
is critical for investors. Many "beginner" or "novice" investors will look at one stock trading at a price of $10 per share and another trading at
a price of $20 per share and think the latter company is worth twice as much. Of course, that is a completely meaningless comparison without also knowing how many shares outstanding there are for each of the two companies.
Furthermore, via issuance of new shares over time, or the repurchase of existing shares, the number of shares outstanding can fluctuate over the course of history.
With this page we aim to empower investors researching Berkshire Hathaway by allowing them to research Berkshire Hathaway shares outstanding history
as well as any other stock in our coverage universe.