Market Cap: $579.5 Billion
Industry: Computer Services
Founded: 2015
Chief Executive Officer: Lawrence E. Page
Employees: 72,053
Sales: $89.92 Billion
Headquarters: Mountain View, California

Summary: Alphabet Inc. is a holding company; it engages in the business of acquisition and operation of different companies. It operates through the Google and Other Bets segments—the Google segment includes Internet products (search, ads, commerce, maps, apps, cloud, &c), and the Other Bets segment includes businesses such as Access, Google Fiber, Calico, Nest, Verily, and other Google initiatives. A relatively new company, Alphabet Inc. was created through a corporate restructuring of Google.


Why you should care: In 2017, Alphabet invested heavily in Cuemath, Lyft, and United Masters. They also acquired smartphone technology startup Redux, which specializes in turning smartphone screens into speakers. Eric Schmidt, the executive chairman, said that there may eventually be more than 26 Alphabet subsidiaries. He is currently meeting with CEOs of current and proposed Alphabet subsidiaries, foreshadowing massive growth in the coming years.

Berkshire Hathaway Inc.

Market Cap: $409.9 Billion
Industry: Investment Service
Founded: 1839
Chief Executive Officer: Warren Edward Buffet
Employees: 367,700
Sales: $222.94 Billion
Headquarters: Omaha, Nebraska


Summary: Berkshire Hathaway, Inc. engages in the provision of property and casualty insurance, utilities, energy, freight rail transportation, finance, manufacturing, retailing, and services—their diverse assets comprise the most valuable corporation/company in the United States and the third largest in the World. They ranked sixth in global sales and seventh in profit, ranking second in American sales and third in American profit.


Why you should care: Believe it or not, Berkshire Hathaway Inc. is still growing. They have their hands in several dozen services—from retail and rail services to insurance and financial consulting. It also has a substantial investment portfolio, owning large stakes in companies like Mars, Coca-Cola, Wells Fargo, and Kraft Heinz. It is also one of the largest insurance companies in the world.