Warren Buffett's 5 Biggest Acquisitions

Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway recently acquired Precision Castparts (PCP) for $37.2 billion. According to Berkshire Hathaway, this is the largest acquisition the holding company has ever made. 

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Here are Berkshire Hathaway's five largest purchases ever. 

  • 1. Precision Castparts Corp

    Precision Castparts Corp

    In its largest ever acquisition, Berkshire Hathaway purchased aerospace company Precision Castparts Corp for $37.2 billion. Precision makes parts for aircraft makers and power companies, and includes General Electric (GE) and Boeing (BA) among its customers. 

  • 2. Burlington Northern Santa Fe

    Burlington Northern Santa Fe

    Reuters

    In 2009, Berkshire Hathaway acquired Burlington Northern Santa Fe for $27 billion. BNSF is the second largest freight railroad network in North America. 

  • 3. Kraft Heinz

    Kraft Heinz

    Reuters

    In 2013, Buffett, along with 3G Capital, purchased Heinz Foods for $23.3 billion. Berkshire Hathaway (BRK.A) invested approximately $12 billion in that acquisition.

    But in July 2015, Heinz Foods merged with rival food giant Kraft Foods to become the Kraft Heinz Company (KHC) in a deal backed by Berkshire Hathaway and 3G Capital, which together will invest $10 billion. Kraft Heinz is now valued at $46 billion. 

  • 4. Gen Re

    Gen Re

    GenRe.com

    Gen Re, which owns General Reinsurance and General Reinsurance AG, is a global reinsurance company that was acquired by Berkshire Hathaway in 1998 for $16.2 billion. The company offers a range of reinsurance products and services. 

  • 5. Lubrizol Corporation

    Lubrizol Corporation

    Lubrizol.com

    In 2011, Berkshire Hathaway purchased Lubrizol Corporation in a deal valued at $9.2 billion. Lubrizol is a provider of specialty chemicals for transportation, industrial and consumer markets. 

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