Quantcast

Bill Gates Reduces Position in Berkshire Hathaway


Shutterstock photo

The founder of Microsoft ( MSFT ), the world's largest personal computer software company, Bill Gates ( Trades , Portfolio ) has an estimated net worth of $83.5 billion, according to Bloomberg.

These days Gates keeps busy mostly with his philanthropic activities and various projects through the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, which was established in 2000, but he still makes at least two stock transactions per quarter.

In the fourth quarter, Gates' most noteworthy transaction was his reduction, by more than 6%, of his stake in Warren Buffett (Trades, Portfolio)'s Berkshire Hathaway (NYSE:BRK.B), an Omaha, Nebraska-based conglomerate holding company. Gates sold 5 million shares for an average price of $134.28 per share. The deal had a -3.78% impact on Gates' portfolio.


Warning! GuruFocus has detected 3 Warning Signs with BABA. Click here to check it out.
BABA 15-Year Financial Data
The intrinsic value of BABA
Peter Lynch Chart of BABA
Warning! GuruFocus has detected 3 Warning Signs with BABA. Click here to check it out.
SPY 15-Year Financial Data
The intrinsic value of SPY
Peter Lynch Chart of SPY
Warning! GuruFocus has detected 3 Warning Signs with BABA. Click here to check it out.
GILD 15-Year Financial Data
The intrinsic value of GILD
Peter Lynch Chart of GILD
Warning! GuruFocus has detected 3 Warning Sign with BRK.A. Click here to check it out.
BRK.A 15-Year Financial Data
The intrinsic value of BRK.A
Peter Lynch Chart of BRK.A
Warning! GuruFocus has detected 3 Warning Sign with BRK.B. Click here to check it out.
BRK.B 15-Year Financial Data
The intrinsic value of BRK.B
Peter Lynch Chart of BRK.B


The remaining stake of 74,381,548 shares is 3.03% of Berkshire Hathaway's outstanding shares and 58.94% of Gates' total assets. Gates is Berkshire Hathaway's leading shareholder among the gurus.

Berkshire Hathaway has a P/E of 14.6, a forward P/E of 15.1, a P/B of 1.4 and a P/S of 1.6. GuruFocus gives Berkshire Hathaway a Financial Strength rating of 4/10 and a Profitability and Growth rating of 8/10.

7fdf6a4dcd89a138ed45fcb6ecbd3b90.png

Berkshire Hathaway sold for $142.19 per share Thursday afternoon.

Gates sold his 6,134,939-share stake in BP PLC ( BP ), a London-based oil and gas company, for an average price of $33.84 per share. The transaction had a -1.09% impact on Gates' portfolio.

BP's leading shareholder among the gurus is Barrow, Hanley, Mewhinney & Strauss with a stake of 30,061,920 shares. The stake is 0.9% of BP's outstanding shares and 1.4% of Barrow, Hanley, Mewhinney & Strauss' total assets.

BP has a forward P/E of 11.1, a P/B of 1 and a P/S of 0.4. GuruFocus gives BP a Financial Strength rating of 6/10 and a Profitability and Growth rating of 4/10.

1458242009873.png

BP sold for $31.54 per share Thursday afternoon.

To view the portfolios of more gurus, visit the List of Gurus page. Not a premium member of GuruFocus? Try it free for 7 days .

About GuruFocus: GuruFocus.com tracks the stocks picks and portfolio holdings of the world's best investors. This value investing site offers stock screeners and valuation tools. And publishes daily articles tracking the latest moves of the world's best investors. GuruFocus also provides promising stock ideas in 3 monthly newsletters sent to Premium Members .

This article first appeared on GuruFocus .

The views and opinions expressed herein are the views and opinions of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of Nasdaq, Inc.





This article appears in: Investing , Stocks
Referenced Symbols: MSFT , BP , BRK.B , BRK.A



More from GuruFocus

Subscribe






GuruFocus
Contributor:

GuruFocus

Stock Picks, Portfolios










Research Brokers before you trade

Want to trade FX?