Thu, 26 Apr 2012 09:15:35 GMT | By Scott DeCarlo,
The world's biggest companies

8. Berkshire Hathaway

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Country: U.S.
Industry: Diversified financials

Its major businesses did well last year. In fact, each of their five largest non-insurance companies — BNSF, Iscar, Lubrizol, Marmon Group and MidAmerican Energy — delivered record operating earnings.

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