A savvy stock market investor always looks for a stock price as one of the true measures of success for the company. But have you ever wondered, which company has the most expensive stock price in the world?

In this article, we will look at the top 10 most expensive stocks being traded around the world.

Top 10 Most Expensive Stocks in the World

1. Berkshire Hathaway Inc. (BRK-A)

Stock Price: USD 316,248.31 (Rs. 2,20,62,114.60)
Market Cap: USD 514.57 Billion
Exchange: New York Stock Exchange (NYSE)

Berkshire Hathaway Inc. is indisputably the number one in the list of most expensive stocks in the world for many years. It is an American multinational conglomerate holding company, headquartered in Omaha, United States of America.

Berkshire Hathaway Inc. currently owns more than 60 different companies in diverse sectors, while owning major stakes in as much as 20 other companies. It is currently the 5th largest publicly traded company (by market capitalization) in the world as of March 31, 2019.

As of now, Berkshire Hathaway Inc. is into a diverse set of businesses which includes newspaper publishing, confectionery, jewelry sales, retail, railroads, home furnishings, encyclopedias, manufacturers of vacuum cleaners, manufacture and distribution of uniforms, and several regional electric and gas utilities.

Performance of the Stock

Key Indicators
Market Cap USD 517.27 Billion
Beta (3Y monthly) 0.76
PE Ratio (TTM) 129.08
P/B (MRQ) 15.54
Dividend Yield NA
Diluted EPS (TTM) 2,446.17 USD
Shares Outstanding 724.76k
Return on Assets (TTM) 0.89%
Return on Equity (TTM) 1.23%
Revenue (TTM) USD 247.54 Billion
Gross profit (TTM) USD 10.02 Billion
Profit Margin 1.62%

Note: All the above values as on 23/04/2019, MRQ = Most recent quarter, TTM = Trailing twelve months

Key Executives of the Company

Name Title
Mr. Warren E. Buffett Chairman, President & CEO
Mr. Marc David Hamburg Sr. VP & CFO
Mr. Ajit Jain Vice Chairman of Insurance Operations & Director
Mr. Gregory Edward Abel Vice Chairman of Non-Insurance Business Operations & Director
Mr. Daniel Jerome Jaksich VP, Controller & Principal Accounting Officer

Berkshire Hathaway Inc. is known for its control and leadership by Mr. Warren Buffett, who serves as chairman and CEO.

It able to maintain the position of the most expensive stock price in history due to the fact that there has never been a stock split and Mr. Warren Buffett has stated in a 1984 letter to shareholders that he does not intend to do so.

2. Chocoladefabriken Lindt & Spruengli AG

Stock Price: 78,500 CHF (Rs. 53,63,063.90)
Market Cap: CHF 17.79 Billion
Exchange: SIX Swiss Exchange (formerly SWX Swiss Exchange)

Chocoladefabriken Lindt & Sprüngli AG, popularly known by the name Lindt, is a Swiss confectionary and chocolatier company founded in the year 1845.

This company is known for its chocolate truffles and bars, among other sweets.

Lindt & Sprüngli has 12 factories and has opened over 410 chocolate cafés and shops around the globe.

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Performance of the Stock

Key Indicators
Market Cap CHF 17.79 Billion
Beta (3Y monthly) 0.67
PE Ratio (TTM) 39.24
P/B (MRQ) 4.22
Dividend Yield 1.28%
Diluted EPS (TTM) CHF 2,008.10
Shares Outstanding 134.49k
Return on Assets (TTM) 5.61%
Return on Equity (TTM) 11.22%
Revenue (TTM) CHF 4.33 Billion
Gross profit (TTM) CHF 2.9 Billion
Profit Margin 11.20%

Note: All the above values as on 23/04/2019, MRQ = Most recent quarter, TTM = Trailing twelve months, CHF = Swiss Franc

Key Executives of the Company

Name Title
Mr. Ernst Tanner Executive Chairman of Directors
Dr. Dieter Weisskopf CEO & Chairman of Group Management
Mr. Martin Hug Group CFO & Member of Group Management
Mr. Rolf Fallegger Lic. Oec. Hsg Member of the Group Management
Dr. Adalbert Lechner Member of the Group Management

Alongside Nestle, Mars.Inc, and Hershey Co., Lindt is one of the 10 biggest chocolate producers in the world.

3. Next Plc

Stock Price: 5,844 GBP (Rs. 5,27,403.47)
Market Cap: GBP 7.66 Billion
Exchange: London Stock Exchange (LSE)

Next Plc. is a British multinational company and is into clothing, footwear, and home products retail. It has around 700 stores, of which around 500 are in the United Kingdom (UK), and around 200 across Europe, Asia, and the Middle East.

Next operates in three main business units:

  • Next Retail has a chain of more than 550 retail branches in the UK and Ireland;
  • Next International has more than 180 international stores;
  • Next Directory, a home shopping catalog, and website with over 3 million active customers.

Performance of the Stock

Key Indicators
Market Cap GBP 7.66 Billion
Beta (3Y monthly) 1.20
PE Ratio (TTM) 13.45
P/B (MRQ) 1400.82
Dividend Yield 2.96%
Diluted EPS (TTM) GBP 433.00
Shares Outstanding 131.56k
Return on Assets (TTM) 17.69%
Return on Equity (TTM) 113.93%
Revenue (TTM) GBP 4.17 Billion
Gross profit (TTM) NA
Profit Margin 14.17%

Note: All the above values as on 23/04/2019, MRQ = Most recent quarter, TTM = Trailing twelve months, GBP = Great Britain Pound

Key Executives of the Company

Name Title
Lord Simon A. Wolfson CEO & Executive Director
Ms. Amanda James Group Finance Director & Executive Director
Ms. Jane Shields Group Sales & Marketing Director and Executive Director
Mr. Richard S V. Papp Group Merchandise & Operations Director and Executive Director
Seonna L. Anderson Company Sec.

For the first time in the year 2012, the Next Plc overtook Marks & Spenser to become UK’s biggest clothing retailer by sales volume.

4. Seaboard Corporation

Stock Price: USD 4,699.00 (Rs. 3,28,272.14)
Market Cap: USD 5.59 Billion
Exchange: New York Stock Exchange (NYSE)

Seaboard Corporation is a Fortune 500 giant with revenue of USD 5.59 billion in 2018. It is an American multinational conglomerate with integrated operations in several industries.

In America, the company mainly engages in the business of pork production plus processing and ocean transportation.

And internationally, Seaboard Corporation is also involved in commodity merchandising, sugar production, grain processing, and electrical power generation.

Seaboard Corporation’s employees base is more than 23,000 people in more than 45 different countries, mostly in the USA, Latin America, and Africa.

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Performance of the Stock

Key Indicators
Market Cap USD 5.49 Billion
Beta (3Y monthly) 0.28
PE Ratio (TTM) NA
P/B (MRQ) 1.66
Dividend Yield 0.23%
Diluted EPS (TTM)  – 14.2 USD
Shares Outstanding 1.17M
Return on Assets (TTM) 2.45%
Return on Equity (TTM)  – 0.50%
Revenue (TTM) USD 6.58 Billion
Gross profit (TTM) NA
Profit Margin  – 0.26%

Note: All the above values as on 23/04/2019, MRQ = Most recent quarter, TTM = Trailing twelve months

Key Executives of the Company

Name Title
Mr. Steven J. Bresky President, CEO & Chairman
Mr. Robert L. Steer Executive VP & CFO
Mr. Edward A. Gonzalez President of Seaboard Marine Ltd.
Mr. David M. Dannov President of Seaboard Overseas & Trading Group
Mr. Darwin E. Sand President & CEO of Seaboard Foods LLC

Seaboard Corporation is ranked 481 on the 2018 Fortune 500 list and its stock is traded on the NYSE under the symbol SEB.

5. NVR Inc.

Stock Price: USD 3,215 (Rs. 2,24,567.75)
Market Cap: USD 11.66 Billion
Exchange: New York Stock Exchange (NYSE)

NVR Inc is an American construction and mortgage company that operates under the trade names of Rymarc Homes, Ryan Homes, NVHomes, and Heartland Homes.

Founded in the year 1940 as Ryan Homes, it changed its name to NVR Incorporated in 1980. The company has constructed more than 3.65 lakh homes so far in the USA.

NVR Inc’s main focus is in the eastern markets, mostly for single-family homes, townhomes, and condominiums.

Performance of the Stock

Key Indicators
Market Cap USD 11.66 Billion
Beta (3Y monthly) 0.64
PE Ratio (TTM) 16.50
P/B (MRQ) 6.36
Dividend Yield NA
Diluted EPS (TTM) 194.80 USD
Shares Outstanding 3.62M
Return on Assets (TTM) 20.13%
Return on Equity (TTM)  46.70%
Revenue (TTM) USD 7.19 Billion
Gross profit (TTM) USD 1.42 Billion
Profit Margin 11.09%

Note: All the above values as on 23/04/2019, MRQ = Most recent quarter, TTM = Trailing twelve months

Key Executives of the Company

Name Title
Mr. Paul C. Saville President & CEO
Mr. Daniel David Malzahn Sr. VP, CFO & Treasurer
Mr. Jeffrey D. Martchek President of NVR Homebuilding Operations
Mr. Eugene James Bredow President of NVR Mortgage
Mr. Paul W. Praylo CPA Sr. VP & COO

In the year 2017, it outperformed major stock indices at NYSE as it’s stock prices almost got doubled from USD 1,700 in Jan 2017 to USD 3,508 on December 29.

6. Amazon Inc.

Stock Price: USD 1,923.77 (Rs. 1,34,426.31)
Market Cap: USD 946.6 Billion
Exchange: New York Stock Exchange (NYSE)

Amazon was founded by Jeff Bezos in the year 1994.

The company owned Amazon.com, which is world’s largest e-commerce company (based on revenue) and is based in Seattle, WA and sells a range of products including electronics, video games, jewelry, toys, furniture, food, software, apparel, and more.

It also makes and sells consumer electronics items like Kindle e-book readers and fire tablets.

Apart from e-commerce, the company has a strong presence in cloud computing, artificial intelligence, robotics, and the media industry. Amazon is also a leading player in the cloud infrastructure services (IaaS) market.

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Performance of the Stock

Key Indicators
Market Cap USD 946.6 Billion
Beta (3Y monthly) 1.71
PE Ratio (TTM) 95.52
P/B (MRQ) 21.69
Dividend Yield NA
Diluted EPS (TTM) 20.14 USD
Shares Outstanding 492.05M
Return on Assets (TTM) 5.28%
Return on Equity (TTM) 28.27%
Revenue (TTM) USD 232.89 Billion
Gross profit (TTM) USD 93.73 Billion
Profit Margin 4.32%

Note: All the above values as on 23/04/2019, MRQ = Most recent quarter, TTM = Trailing twelve months

Key Executives of the Company

Name Title
Mr. Jeffrey P. Bezos Founder, Chairman, President & CEO
Mr. Brian T. Olsavsky Sr. VP & CFO
Mr. Jeffrey M. Blackburn Sr. VP of Business Development
Mr. Jeffrey A. Wilke Chief Executive Officer of Worldwide Consumer
Mr. Andrew R. Jassy Chief Executive Officer of Amazon Web Services

Along with Google, Apple, and Facebook, Amazon is often called the four horsemen of the tech industry.

On October 2017, Amazon’s founder, Mr. Jeff Bezos, surpassed Mr. Bill Gates in the list of the richest person in the world with an estimated personal wealth of more than $100 billion at that point of time.

7. Booking Holdings Inc.

Stock Price: USD 1,887.73 (Rs. 1,31,739.96)
Market Cap: USD 84.97 Billion
Exchange: NASDAQ

Booking Holdings Inc. is formerly known as the Priceline Group.

It owns and operates several travel fare aggregators and travel fare metasearch engines including namesake and flagship Booking.com, Priceline.com, Agoda.com, Kayak.com, Cheapflights, Rentalcars.com, Momondo, and OpenTable.

It was initially launched in 1997 as a single website, Priceline.com, which allowed users to buy travel purchases at a discount and operates websites in about 40 languages and 200 countries.

Booking.com was the 2nd largest travel agency brand share last year, after Chinese firm Ctrip.

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Performance of the Stock

Key Indicators
Market Cap USD 84.97 Billion
Beta (3Y monthly) 0.61
PE Ratio (TTM) 22.67
P/B (MRQ) 9.81
Dividend Yield NA
Diluted EPS (TTM) 83.26 USD
Shares Outstanding 45.01M
Return on Assets (TTM) 13.90%
Return on Equity (TTM) 39.89%
Revenue (TTM) USD 14.53 Billion
Gross profit (TTM) USD 4.42 Billion
Profit Margin 27.52%

Note: All the above values as on 23/04/2019, MRQ = Most recent quarter, TTM = Trailing twelve months

Key Executives of the Company

Name Title
Mr. Glenn D. Fogel President, CEO & Director
Mr. Peter J. Millones Jr. Executive VP & General Counsel
Ms. Gillian Tans President & CEO of Booking.Com
Mr. David I. Goulden Executive VP & CFO
Mr. Michael Noonan IR Contact

In 2018, consumers booked more than 685 million room nights of accommodation, around 75 million rental car days, and around 7 million airplane tickets using websites owned by Booking Holdings Inc.

The company is ranked 229th on the Fortune 500 list of the largest United States corporations by revenue.

8. Alphabet Inc. (GOOG)

Stock Price: USD 1,270.59 (Rs. 88,746.26)
Market Cap: USD 880.66 Billion
Exchange: NASDAQ

Alphabet Inc. is an American multinational conglomerate headquartered in California.

In the year 2015, the company completed its restructuring, in which Google and its other businesses became a direct subsidiary of the Alphabet Inc while retaining their old stock symbol and ticker.

The two founders of Google assumed executive roles in the new company, with Mr. Larry Page serving as CEO and Mr. Sergey Brin as president.

Alphabet Inc’s business portfolio encompasses several industries, including technology, life sciences, investment capital, and research.

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Performance of the Stock

Key Indicators
Market Cap USD 880.66 Billion
Beta (3Y monthly) 1.16
PE Ratio (TTM) 28.94
P/B (MRQ) 4.95
Dividend Yield NA
Diluted EPS (TTM) 43.70 USD
Shares Outstanding 349.29M
Return on Assets (TTM) 9.12%
Return on Equity (TTM) 18.62%
Revenue (TTM) USD 136.82 Billion
Gross profit (TTM) USD 77.27 Billion
Profit Margin 22.46%

Note: All the above values as on 23/04/2019, MRQ = Most recent quarter, TTM = Trailing twelve months

Key Executives of the Company

Name Title
Mr. Lawrence Edward Page Co-Founder, CEO & Director
Mr. Sergey Brin Co-Founder, Pres & Director
Ms. Ruth Myrna Porat Sr. VP & CFO
Mr. David C. Drummond Sr. VP of Corp. Devel., Chief Legal Officer & Sec.
Ms. Amie Thuener O’Toole Chief Accounting Officer & VP

Alphabet Inc. is ranked No. 22 on the 2018 Fortune 500 rankings of the largest United States corporations by total revenue.

9. Markel Corporation (MKL)

Stock Price: USD 1,027.19 (Rs. 71,741.52)
Market Cap: USD 14.24 Billion
Exchange: New York Stock Exchange (NYSE)

Markel Corporation is a financial holding company that was founded by Mr. Samuel Markel in Virginia in the year 1930.

Now, it is an American based holding company engaged in insurance, reinsurance and investment operations around the world.

Markel Corporation is a Fortune 500 company and it specializes in providing

Coverage for hard-to-place risks for a range of markets, including yachts, ATVs, and motorcycles, environmental pollution, inland marine coverage for fine art collections, event cancellation insurance for sporting events, concerts and weddings.

Reinsurance for high-risk enterprises such as oil rigs, agricultural and equine risks.

Performance of the Stock

Key Indicators
Market Cap USD 14.24 Billion
Beta (3Y monthly) 0.76
PE Ratio (TTM) NA
P/B (MRQ) 1.57
Dividend Yield NA
Diluted EPS (TTM)  – 9.55 USD
Shares Outstanding 13.87M
Return on Assets (TTM) 0.45%
Return on Equity (TTM)  – 1.38%
Revenue (TTM) USD 6.48 Billion
Gross profit (TTM) USD 2.24 Billion
Profit Margin  – 1.87%

Note: All the above values as on 23/04/2019, MRQ = Most recent quarter, TTM = Trailing twelve months

Key Executives of the Company

Name Title
Mr. Alan Irving Kirshner Executive Chairman
Mr. Thomas Sinnickson Gayner Co-CEO & Director
Mr. Richard Reeves Whitt III Co-CEO & Director
Mr. Bradley James Kiscaden President & Chief Admin. Officer
Mr. Robert Chantry Cox President & COO

10. MRF Ltd.

Stock Price: Rs. 55,918.35
Market Cap: INR 236.87 Billion
Exchange: National Stock Exchange (NSE)

Madras Rubber Factory (MRF) Ltd. is the most expensive stocks in the Indian stock market.

Incorporated in the year 1960, MRF Ltd. is an Indian multinational and the largest manufacturer of tyres in India and the 14th largest manufacturer in the world.

It is headquartered in Chennai, India and manufactures rubber products including tyres, treads, tubes and conveyor belts, paints and toys.

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Performance of the stock

Key Indicators
Market Cap INR 236.87 Billion
Beta (3Y monthly) 0.35
PE Ratio (TTM) 20.96
P/B (MRQ) 2.44
Dividend Yield 0.10
Diluted EPS (TTM) 2,668 INR
Shares Outstanding 4.24M
Return on Assets (TTM) 6.60%
Return on Equity (TTM) 12.31%
Revenue (TTM) INR 150 Billion
Gross profit (TTM) INR 57.02 Billion
Profit Margin 7.54%

Note: All the above values as on 23/04/2019, MRQ = Most recent quarter, TTM = Trailing twelve months

Key Executives of the Company

Name Title
Mr. K. M. Vinoo Mammen Chairman & MD
Mr. Rahul Mammen Mappillai MD & Whole-time Director
Mr. Arun Mammen MD & Vice Chairman
Madhu P. Nainan VP of Finance
Mr. Samir Thariyan Mappillai Whole-Time Director

The company has reported a standalone sales revenue of Rs. 4033.76 crore in Q3 2018 (which is an increase of 2.69%)

Also, the company has reported a net profit of Rs. 279.26 crore in the latest quarter.

The Bottom Line

You might need to exhaust a good amount of your savings to invest in the stocks of these bluechip companies.

Most of the listed companies care about the price of their stock and actually take measures to keep it down. Splitting shares or issuing new stocks are few options to keep the stock price low.

But remember the stock price is not the same as the fair value of the stock. So, look for the fair value of stocks when buying and selling.

Happy Investing!

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