Derek from Stableboy Selections has posted two of the "missing" Berkshire Hathaway letters (1969 – 1977). The first is written by Ken Chace, the CEO that Buffett put in charge after he ousted Seabury Stanton. These go along with the previously released 1973 and 1976 letters, which I link to below.
Berkshire Hathaway 1969 & 1971 Shareholder Letters
In the 1976 letter, equity investments are listed, and GEICO accounts for 31% of total holdings. I don’t believe these include any equities purchased through Blue Chip Stamps. That’s a fairly large position for most modern-day funds. However, it doesn’t compare to the concentration of Buffett’s portfolio before he managed other people’s money: (in the 1950’s, courtesy of Robert Miles)
|Thor Corp.||Power tools||$2,550||15.5%|
UPDATE: I reformatted both letters into PDF’s to make them a little more readable. For the PDF formats, follow these links: 1969; 1971
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Great stuff, Max. Thank you very much. The table of Buffett’s holdings is also very interesting. I remember Buffett stating several times that he had put a huge portion of his NW in GEICO when he was young. Same deal with Western Insurance.
find any of the other missing ones?