Hartford LIfe, which has been bought by Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway, has 80 employees and reported a profit of €31.5 million in the year to last December. Photograph: Reuters/Rick Wilking

Dublin-based Hartford Life Ltd has been bought by Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway for $285 million. The company, which sold variable annuities – a(...)

Bill Gates, founder of Microsoft, with Taoiseach Enda Kenny TD in January at Government Buildings, Dublin. The investment has been made via his charitable fund, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill/The Irish Times

When a company is in trouble, savvy directors regularly scour the share register for signs of stake-building by potential predators, or for evidence t(...)

US markets have enjoyed their best start to a year since 1999, the Dow Jones last week surpassing 15,000 for the first time. Up 14 per ce(...)

Berkshire Hathaway shareholder Richard Harmon poses in an opening in a wall behind a picture frame held by a photograph of Berkshire chairman Warren Buffet, at the company’s annual meeting in Omaha. Photograph: Reuters/Rick Wilking

Twenty thousand people braved the Nebraska drizzle at the weekend for a seat at one of the events of the investor calendar – t(...)

Berkshire Hathaway chairman Warren Buffett (left) and vice chairman Charlie Munger arrive to begin the company’s annual meeting in Omaha. Photograph: Rick Wilking/Reuters

Warren Buffett has given the most extensive comments to date about the future of Berkshire Hathaway after he is gone, saying he still expects t(...)

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