There are many contexts in which Berkshire Hathaway's (BRK.B) $480 billion market cap is a positive. Berkshire's reinsurance businesses General Re and BHRG are good examples. As Buffett points out in his February letter to shareholders:"No company comes close to Berkshire in being financially prepared for a $400 billion [mega catastophe]. Our share of such a loss might be $12 billion or so, an amount far below the annual earnings we expect from our non-insurance activities. Concurrently, much--indeed, perhaps most--of the [property/casualty] world would be out of business."
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