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Berkshire Hathaway, the $300+ billion conglomerate that Warren Buffett built, is among the world's largest and most famous corporations. Yet for all its power and celebrity, few people understand Berkshire, and many assume it cannot survive without Buffett. This book challenges that assumption.

In a comprehensive portrait of the corporate culture that unites Berkshire's subsidiaries, Lawrence Cunningham unearths the traits that assure the conglomerate's perpetual prosperity. Riveting stories of each subsidiary's origins, triumphs, and journey to Berkshire reveal how managers generate economic value from intangibles like thrift, integrity, entrepreneurship, autonomy, and a sense of permanence.

Berkshire Beyond Buffett not only explores what will happen to Berkshire after Buffett but presents all of Berkshire behind Buffett: the inspiring managerial luminaries, innovative entrepreneurs, and devotees of deep values that define this esteemed organization.

Whether or not you are convinced that Berkshire can endure without Buffett, the book is full of management lessons for small and large businesses, entrepreneurs, family firms, and Fortune 500 CEOs. Enjoy entertaining tales from Berkshire's 50 main subsidiaries, including Dairy Queen, GEICO, Benjamin Moore, Fruit of the Loom, BNSF, Justin, Pampered Chef, Marmon, Clayton Homes, FlightSafety, and more.

©2014 Lawrence A. Cunningham (P)2016 Audible, Inc.

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Great insight into Berkshire

The book provides a decent insight into Berkshire’s culture and that of its subsidiaries. In most part it sheds light on the origins of Berkshire subsidiaries and how (and why) they performed before being taken over by Berkshire. As the the title suggests, the book’s main point is about the value of values.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 02-08-17

great reading and study material

I loved it, thank you for sharing such an experience and knowledge. it would be great to learn more about how the decisions were made in terms of valuation and comparison to peers.