Lists & Rankings

Warren Buffett’s biggest corporate acquisitions, ranked

Berkshire Hathaway’s purchase of Precision Castparts is just the latest in a long list of blockbuster purchases

Berkshire Hathaway chairman Warren Buffett

“It cost me THIS much.” (Bill Pugliano/Getty)

On Monday, Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway made the largest acquisition in the company’s history, purchasing Precision Castparts Corp., a manufacturer of aerospace parts, for $32.3 billion. Despite bleak forecasts, the holding company has been placing expensive bets on traditional sectors of the U.S. economy. Berkshire Hathaway now has stakes in rail, industrial chemical companies and other consumer businesses. Here are Buffett’s biggest deals:

CompanyPurchase PriceYear
Precision Castparts Corp.$32.3 billion2015
Kraft Heinz Co.$28 billion2013
Burlington Northern Santa Fe Corp.$26 billion2009
General Re Corp. $16.2 billion1998
Lubrizol Corp.$9.7 billion2011
PacifiCorp$5.1 billion2005
Duracell$4.7 billion2014
Marmon Holdings Inc. (60% stake)$4.5 billion2007
Iscar Metalworking Cos (80% stake)$4 billion2006
Dow Chemical Co. (9.4% stake)$3 billion2008
Geico Corporation (80% stake)$2.3 billion1995
Mars Inc. $2.1 billion 2008
MidAmerican Energy Holdings Co.$2.1 billion1999
Phillips Specialty Products$1.4 billion2013