For more information on Warren Buffett, including videos of his appearances at Berkshire's annual meetings dating back to 1994, see CNBC's Warren Buffett Archive. Do you have any confidential news? We want to hear from you. Get this in your inbox and learn more about our products and services. Over the past five years, Berkshire Hathaway's Class A shares produced gains of 71.08%.
During this same period, the S%26P 500 (500 USD) and the Nasdaq 100 (100 USD) made gains of 51.82% and 81.36%, respectively. Oil companies have managed to enter Berkshire Hathaway's top 20 stakes this year, as the price of crude has risen amid growing geopolitical tensions between Russia and several developed countries, including the United States. As of November 22, the price of West Texas Intermediate (WTI) had risen 6.75% so far this year (YTD), following the 55% increase in crude oil the previous year. As a result, the shares of Chevron (CVX) and other oil companies have risen sharply and have placed CVX near the top of Warren Buffett's stock list.
The Coca-Cola Company (KO) is considered to be one of the traditional shares in Warren Buffett's portfolio. The CEO began accumulating a position in carbonated beverages in 1988 and has since increased Berkshire's stake in the company to 7.3%. Berkshire Hathaway began acquiring shares in AXP in 1993, as its share in the payment processor amounted to 20.29%, making it the company's largest individual shareholder. It is a member of the Fortune 500 and S%26P 500 companies, and on its website it is described as “one of the most successful independent entertainment and interactive gaming corporations in the world”.
These are Berkshire Hathaway's top 20 remaining stakes. Despite the fact that the size of these investments in absolute terms is quite large, at the end of June they represented only 7.4% of the value of the entire Berkshire stock portfolio. According to data from MarketScreener, Warren Buffett was Berkshire Hathaway's largest individual shareholder, with 229,016 class A shares.