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Berkshire Hathaway Number of employees

Berkshire Hathaway Number of Employees 2003-2022

YearEmployees
2022383,000
2021372,000
2020360,000
2019391,500
2018389,000
2017377,291
2016367,671
2015361,270
2014340,499
2013330,745
2012288,462
2011270,858
2010260,519
2009257,113
2008246,083
2007232,781
2006217,550
2005192,012
2004180,176
2003172,731

In 2019, Berkshire Hathaway and its consolidated subsidiaries together employed around 391,500 people.

In 2018, Berkshire Hathaway employed around 389,000 people compared to 377,000 in 2017.

Berkshire hathaway Inc. is a holding company that owns several subsidiaries engaged in a  variety of businesses. Most important among these are insurance business, freight rail transportation business and a group of utility and energy generation and distribution businesses. Berkshire also owns and operates a large number of other businesses apart from these. These businesses operate independently or on a decentralized basis which means no central HR, marketing or finance function. However, the top management participates in resource allocation, investment and selection of CEOs for each of the businesses.

Berkshire Hathaway is led by Warren Buffett (the Chairman of the board of Directors and the CEO). As of 2017, it had 377291 employees. Very few of them (only 26) are employed at the company’s headquarters. The breakup of number of employees working for different businesses owned by Berkshire Hathaway in 2017 was as follows:

Insurance Businesses:47,108

Manufacturing Businesses: 1,65,426

Railroad Utilities and Energy Businesses: 63,773

Service and Retailing businesses: 75,374

Finance Businesses: 25,584

Corporate headquarters: 26