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10 Financial Lessons We Can Learn from Warren Buffett

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10 Financial Lessons We Can Learn from Warren Buffett

10 Financial Lessons We Can Learn from Warren Buffett

Over the years, there are few business icons that have offered up as much knowledge as Warren Buffett. From his legendary notes to Berkshire Hathaway shareholders to his famous quotes and idioms, the 84 year old has never been afraid to offer up his investment advice to the masses.

Today’s ageless infographic covers some of the most poignant lessons from the Oracle of Omaha’s career.

Warren Buffett is also well known for putting his money where his mouth is. In today’s uncharted market territory of zero rates, the real question is what Mr. Buffett is doing these days?

As Jim Rickards explains in a recent interview with Keith McCullough, Buffett is positioning himself in a way that readers of Nassim Taleb would understand: a robust portfolio that works in either a deflationary or inflationary environment that gives plenty of optionality. Rickards points to his two most recent acquisitions: Burlington Northern Santa Fe and Suncor. These are both hard assets that can excel in an inflationary environment: transportation, railway, oil, natural gas, mining rights. Meanwhile, Berkshire also has the most cash it has ever had at $55 billion, which provides a hedge for deflation and volatility, and allows him the optionality to pounce on upcoming opportunities.

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Ranked: The Largest U.S. Corporations by Number of Employees

We visualized the top U.S. companies by employees, revealing the massive scale of retailers like Walmart, Target, and Home Depot.

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The Largest U.S. Corporations by Number of Employees

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Revenue and profit are common measures for measuring the size of a business, but what about employee headcount?

To see how big companies have become from a human perspective, we’ve visualized the top U.S. companies by employees. These figures come from companiesmarketcap.com, and were accessed in March 2024. Note that this ranking includes publicly-traded companies only.

Data and Highlights

The data we used to create this list of largest U.S. corporations by number of employees can be found in the table below.

CompanySectorNumber of Employees
WalmartConsumer Staples2,100,000
AmazonConsumer Discretionary1,500,000
UPSIndustrials500,000
Home DepotConsumer Discretionary470,000
ConcentrixInformation Technology440,000
TargetConsumer Staples440,000
KrogerConsumer Staples430,000
UnitedHealthHealth Care400,000
Berkshire HathawayFinancials383,000
StarbucksConsumer Discretionary381,000
Marriott InternationalConsumer Discretionary377,000
CognizantInformation Technology346,600

Retail and Logistics Top the List

Companies like Walmart, Target, and Kroger have a massive headcount due to having many locations spread across the country, which require everything from cashiers to IT professionals.

Moving goods around the world is also highly labor intensive, explaining why UPS has half a million employees globally.

Below the Radar?

Two companies that rank among the largest U.S. corporations by employees which may be less familiar to the public include Concentrix and Cognizant. Both of these companies are B2B brands, meaning they primarily work with other companies rather than consumers. This contrasts with brands like Amazon or Home Depot, which are much more visible among average consumers.

A Note on Berkshire Hathaway

Warren Buffett’s company doesn’t directly employ 383,000 people. This headcount actually includes the employees of the firm’s many subsidiaries, such as GEICO (insurance), Dairy Queen (retail), and Duracell (batteries).

If you’re curious to see how Buffett’s empire has grown over the years, check out this animated graphic that visualizes the growth of Berkshire Hathaway’s portfolio from 1994 to 2022.

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