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3555 Farnam Street

Omaha, NE 68131

United States

Phone: 402-346-1400


Berkshire Hathaway, Inc., as a holding company, engages in property and casualty insurance and reinsurance; utilities and energy; finance; manufacturing; and retailing and services. Insurance and Reinsurance Businesses Berkshire’s insurance and reinsurance business activities are conducted through approximately 60 domestic and foreign-based insurance entities. Berkshire’s insurance businesses provide insurance and reinsurance of property and casualty risks worldwide and also reinsure life, accident and health risks worldwide. Berkshire’s insurance underwriting operations include: GEICO and its subsidiaries, General Re and its subsidiaries, Berkshire Hathaway Reinsurance Group, and Berkshire Hathaway Primary Group. GEICO GEICO’s primary insurance subsidiaries include: Government Employees Insurance Company, GEICO General Insurance Company, GEICO Indemnity Company and GEICO Casualty Company. These companies primarily offer private passenger automobile insurance to individuals in 49 states and the District of Columbia. General Re General Re affiliates include Kölnische Rückversicherungs – Gesellschaft AG (Cologne Re), a major international reinsurer based in Germany. General Re holds a 95% ownership interest in Cologne Re. General Re subsidiaries conduct global reinsurance business in 61 cities and provide reinsurance coverage worldwide. General Re operates the reinsurance businesses, including: North American property/casualty, International property/casualty, which primarily consists of Cologne Re and the Faraday operations, and life/health reinsurance. Property/Casualty Reinsurance: General Re’s North American property/casualty business is marketed directly to clients located throughout the United States and Canada without involving a broker or intermediary. The North American property/casualty business underwrites excess coverages. The operations are conducted through 16 branch offices. The business is licensed in the District of Columbia and all states. North American property/casualty business also includes a few smaller specialty insurers. These insurers underwrite primarily liability and workers’ compensation coverages on an excess and surplus basis. Also, they underwrite excess insurance for self-insured programs. General Re’s International property/casualty reinsurance business operations are conducted on a direct basis and through brokers. Cologne Re as well as various other General Re subsidiaries in 25 countries provide multiple lines of property and casualty reinsurance coverage worldwide. In 2006, the International property/casualty operations primarily wrote direct reinsurance in the form of treaties with lesser amounts written on a facultative basis. International business through brokers is primarily written through Faraday, which owns the managing agent of Syndicate 435 at Lloyd’s of London and provides capacity and participates in the results of Syndicate 435. Faraday writes property, casualty and aviation business on risks worldwide. Life/Health Reinsurance: The company’s Life/Health Reinsurance operations provide life, health, long-term care and disability reinsurance on an individual and group basis. Most of this business is written on a proportional treaty basis, with the exception of U.S. group health and disability business which is written on an excess treaty basis. Lesser amounts of life and disability business are also written on a facultative basis. The life/health business is marketed on a direct basis. Berkshire Hathaway Reinsurance Group The Berkshire Hathaway Reinsurance Group (BHRG) operates from offices located in Stamford, Connecticut. Business activities are conducted through a group of subsidiary companies, led by National Indemnity Company (NICO) and Columbia Insurance Company. BHRG provides primarily excess and quota-share reinsurance to other property and casualty insurers and reinsurers. BHRG has written catastrophe excess of loss treaty reinsurance contracts. BHRG has also written individual policies for primarily excess property risks on both a primary and facultative reinsurance basis, known as individual risk. Individual risk business in


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