Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway has amassed a record cash reserve of $157.2 billion, demonstrating robust financial health and signaling potential for strategic acquisitions. This cash reserve, the highest in the company's history, has climbed from $147.4 billion at the end of the previous quarter, surpassing its former peak of $149.2 billion in the third quarter of 2021. The increase comes amid an operating profit surge to $10.76 billion for the third quarter, marking a substantial 40.6% increase year-over-year.
Despite this strong performance, Berkshire Hathaway experienced a $23.5 billion investment loss in the same period, primarily attributed to a downturn in Apple's stock, a company where Berkshire holds a significant stake. However, the market has since seen a rebound in Apple shares, increasing over 3% after September 30.
The conglomerate, with a broad portfolio including Geico and Dairy Queen, acknowledged the impact of global challenges on its operations. Geopolitical tensions, supply chain issues, and persistent inflation have all been contributing factors, along with the continuing ramifications of the COVID-19 pandemic on economic activity.
In the stock market, Berkshire Hathaway's Class A shares have reflected a positive trajectory, rising nearly 14% year to date, despite a recent 6% fall from their mid-September peak. The fluctuation in stock value has been part of the broader movements on Wall Street, where Berkshire remains a prominent entity.
At the helm, Buffett, with a reported net worth of $117.5 billion, stands as the fifth-richest person in the world, according to Forbes. Notably, Buffett has pledged to give away over 99% of his wealth