January 22, 2011
With cash pouring in, Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway may do something big this year — maybe even pay a dividend.
A flush Berkshire Hathaway is in its best shape ever and piling up cash so quickly that it could be sitting on close to $50 billion at its core insurance operation alone by year end, and might even begin paying a dividend. Berkshire’s profit recovery, aided by some smart acquisitions and investments by CEO Warren Buffett — notably its purchase of the Burlington Northern railroad — has gone largely unrecognized on Wall Street, where Berkshire’s Class A shares (ticker: BRKA), now trading around $121,000, haven’t budged in nearly a year. Berkshire’s Class B shares (BRKB) trade around $81; each equals 1/1500th of a Class A share.