The 52 companies that make up Berkshire Hathaway Inc., Omaha, Neb., had total retirement assets of $14.939 billion as of Sept.30, according to Pensions & Investments' estimates.
That total would have put Berkshire Hathaway, the umbrella corporation for the companies, in 86th place in P&I's annual survey of the largest U.S. retirement plan sponsors.
Because Berkshire Hathaway acts as a holding company, the subsidiaries' retirement assets are not aggregated for the survey, but a review of federal filings by the various units show the combined assets are significant.
The companies include major players in their respective industries, such as auto insurer GEICO, reinsurer General Re and garment manufacturer Fruit of the Loom.
P&I's estimate of the total retirement assets is based on the $5.93 billion in defined benefit assets Berk-shire Hathaway reported as of Dec. 31, 2009, in its annual report and the $6.849 billion in defined contribution assets reported as of Dec. 31, 2008, in the subsidiaries' 5500 filings.