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Berkshire Beyond BuffettThe Enduring Value of Values$
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Lawrence Cunningham

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780231170048

Published to Columbia Scholarship Online: November 2015

DOI: 10.7312/columbia/9780231170048.001.0001

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(p.231) Epilogue
Berkshire Beyond Buffett

Lawrence A. Cunningham

Columbia University Press

This chapter presents some final thoughts. This book has examined Berkshire and its subsidiaries to generate a picture of Berkshire’s corporate culture. It has shown that in all these subsidiaries—despite their number and diversity—are shared values. There is also a common outlook of permanency among all these companies, many of which had faced the travails of serial ownership by corporate parents, leveraged buyout operators, or private equity firms. Once Buffett leaves Berkshire, deals are expected to be handled differently, shareholder letters will strike a different tone, and the annual meetings will feel odd. But Berkshire will always acquire new businesses, readers will continue to study Berkshire’ annual shareholder letters, and shareholders will still flock to the annual meetings. As a new guard leads the evolution of Berkshire beyond Buffett, they will set its course and the company will never be the same. Yet the core values that define it have proven to offer unique sustaining value.

Keywords:   Berkshire Hathaway, Warren Buffett, corporate culture

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