Berkshire Hathaway is one of the largest and most influential companies in the world. Although your average non-investing savvy person probably hasn’t even heard of Berkshire Hathaway, the truth is that your average American interacts with Berkshire Hathaway products every single day. Most people interact with them multiple times per day, in fact, whether or not they realize it.
While you can check out the ever-expanding list of Berkshire Hathaway companies here, it can be sort of hard to visualize what kind of impact Berkshire Hathaway and Warren Buffett have on your average day. So we’re going to break it down by the different ways that, without even realizing it, you may be using Berkshire products throughout your day.
When you wake up
If you still wake up to the sound of an alarm clock, chances are it’s powered by Duracell–a Buffett company. However, if you’re the more than half of Americans who use their alarm on their smartphones, you may still be waking up to Buffett. He owns a huge share in Apple. If you’ve got an Android phone, chances are you plugged it in overnight so it would still have batteries to go off and last the day. If you live in one of the areas powered by Berkshire Hathaway Energy, you still have Buffett to thank.
When you got dressed, did you use any products owned or created by Fruit of the Loom? Buffett owns that.
If you don’t fall in any of those categories, then there’s a good chance you’re one of the 64% of Americans who drink coffee. If you enjoyed a cup of Maxwell House coffee, then that’s also owned by Warren Buffet. Same goes for Dunkin Donuts or Tim Hortons if you decided to treat yourself this morning with a coffee and a pastry.
When you drive to work
Even if you didn’t buy your car from Berkshire Hathaway Automotive (formerly Van Tuyl Group), you might still be using one of Berkshire’s dozen of insurance companies to insure that car. GEICO is the largest and most well-known, but there are several others as well. And did you listen to Sirius XM on the way to work this morning? That’s a stock Buffett owns as well.
When you eat
Whether you cooked at home or ate out, chances are you encountered Buffett there too. Anything owned by the huge conglomerate Kraft Heinz is technically a Buffett company as he owns a huge stake in it. Examples include Philadelphia, Ore Ida, Jell-O, Lunchables, Planters, Oscar Mayer, Capri Sun, Golden Circle, Velveeta, Cadbury, Kraft Macaroni and Cheese, Miracle Whip, Oreo, Nabisco, and others. And if you cooked with any tools from Pampered Chef, that’s also a Buffett company.
Of course, if you’re the kind who goes out to eat then you’re still not going to get away from Buffett. He owns the of popular food chain Dairy Queen and has an investment in Burger King, McDonalds, and Coca Cola.
If, by some chance, you managed to avoid those, then if you purchased food at Walmart, you’re still supporting Buffett (although he’s quickly dropping the Walmart stock as of Q1 2017).
And, as if that wasn’t enough, much of the food found in major grocery stores was transported by one of Buffett’s companies such as BNSF or McLane Company.
When you are at work
Depending on what you do for a living, there’s a good chance that Buffett companies will influence your day as well. If your company uses any kind of Apple product, then you’re supporting Buffett. Same goes with any computer that uses IBM (which includes many Windows devices).
Buffett also has quite a few shares in various bank stocks including Wells Fargo and Goldman Sachs, so its possible he’s handling your paycheck as well. Does your company have an American Express card? That’s also a Buffett stock. How about business liability insurance? Buffett owns quite a few different corporate insurance companies including General Re, GEICO, and others.
When you’re at home
If you have any items from Nebraska Furniture Mart or Star Furniture in your home, then those are both Buffett companies. Of course, he also sells homes as well through Clayton Homes, and many of his companies (such as Acme Brick) create materials which many builders use in constructing buildings.
Depending on where you live, you may also have Berkshire Hathaway Energy (or one of its subsidiaries) to thank for the lights and running water in your home. You may also be getting your news from a newspaper or website owned by Warren Buffett.
Other occasional items and services that you may have from Buffett include workout gear from Brooks; jewelry from Helzberg Diamonds, Ben Bridge Jewelers, or Borsheims; sweets from See’s Candy; trailers and mobile homes from Forest River companies; boots from Justin Brands; or even airline tickets from any of the four main airlines.