10 Companies You Didn’t Know Buffett Owned

The list of companies that investing billionaire Warren Buffett is absolutely staggering. The holding company Berkshire Hathaway owns more than 60 companies and has an impressive investing portfolio with another 47 different companies. While there are a lot of boring companies and smaller companies that your average person won’t recognize, there are also some that everyone is familiar with. In fact, you interact with these everyday, whether or not you realize it.

Here are 10 common companies that you might not realize Buffett owns:

1. Acme Brick Company

Founded: 1891
Part of Berkshire since: 2000

This company makes bricks, ceramic tiles, grout, flooring, outdoor kitchen equipment, and more. Its bricks can be seen in commercial and residential buildings around the country. Read the full biography here.


Founded: 1849
Part of Berkshire since: 2010

This is one of the world’s largest railroad companies with a network of 32,500 miles of track across 28 states and three Canadian provinces. It is made up of more than 390 railroads and ships just under 10 million carloads every year. Read the full biography here.

3. BusinessWire

Founded: 1961
Part of Berkshire since: 2006

This is one of the country’s most well-known news distribution networks, handling hundreds of press releases and news stories daily. It was one of the first companies to create a website and is very popular with journalists. Read the full biography here.

4. Dairy Queen

Founded: 1938
Part of Berkshire since: 1997

A humble creator of soft serve treats, Dairy Queen is a popular fast food brand with a presence around the world. It is known for its signature blizzards and other ice cream dessert options. Read the full biography here.

5. Duracell

Founded: 1935
Part of Berkshire since: 2016

A well-known producer of long-lasting batteries, Duracell has been around for nearly 100 years and produces a variety of battery sizes to power all manner of electronics and items. Read the full biography here.

6. Fruit of the Loom

Founded: 1851
Part of Berkshire since: 2002

This company makes cotton clothing and is most well-known for its comfortable underwear line. It creates a wide range of clothing, however, including activewear, shirts, toddler clothes, fleece, and more. Read the full biography here.


Founded: 1936
Part of Berkshire since: 1996

This insurance company is known for its popular green gecko mascot and it’s slogan about saving 15% in 15 minutes. Buffett actually started buying the company first in 1951. Read the full biography here.

8. Helzberg Diamonds

Founded: 1915
Part of Berkshire since: 1995

This company is well-known for its high-quality diamonds and its “I Am Loved” buttons and campaign which was first launched in 1967. The company operates more than 200 stores across the nation. Read the full biography here.

9. Kraft Heinz

Founded: 2015
Part of Berkshire since: 2015

Kraft and Heinz were established at different times (in 1903 and 1869 respectively). Together Berkshire Hathaway and 3G financed the merger of Kraft and Heinz in 2015, and jointly own most of Kraft Heinz. Read the full biography here.

10. Louis

Founded: 1938
Part of Berkshire since: 2015

The German company Detlev Louis Motorradvertriebs GmbH is Europe’s largest motorcycle accessory and clothing company, with more than 35,000 items. It offers its items to all of Europe and is well-known in the country. Read the full biography here.

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