Chart of the week: The rising cost of Berkshire Hathaway shares

Berkshire Hathaway A-share price chart

Shares in Berkshire Hathaway, Warren Buffett’s holding company, are now worth over $200,000 each. Berkshire, which invests in businesses from insurance to rail freight, could be bought for under $10 in the early 1960s.

It is so expensive because it has never undergone a stock split. A pricey stock is harder to buy or sell, but Buffett says that weeds out short-term speculators and encourages the kind of long-term investor he wants.

• Stay up to date with MoneyWeek: Follow us on TwitterFacebook and Google+

MoneyWeek magazine

Latest issue:

Magazine cover
Heading higher?

Or are house prices set to fall?

The UK's best-selling financial magazine. Take a FREE trial today.
Claim 4 FREE Issues

'Would you rather upset God, or have Him just ignore you?'

In the first of three interviews with Merryn Somerset Webb, Hugh Hendry, manager of the Eclectica Fund, talks about what it takes to be a good hedge fund manager – and how he learned to stop worrying and love central banks.


Which investment platform?

When it comes to buying shares and funds, there are several investment platforms and brokers to choose from. They all offer various fee structures to suit individual investing habits.
Find out which one is best for you.


24 November 1972: the 'DB Cooper' hijacking

Today in 1972, a man calling himself Dan Cooper parachuted from a hijacked Northwest Airlines Boeing 727 with $200,000 in cash. He has never been found.