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Class A and Class B Common Stock

A company can also issue various classes of common stock, such as Class A and Class B, with each class having different features. One class may have higher voting power, while the other may have higher dividends. For example, Class A shares may have 1 vote per share and 100% of dividends. Class B shares may have 10 votes per share and zero dividends (usually not publicly traded).

The following is a description of Class A and Class B shares issued by Berkshire Hathaway.

Each Class A common share is entitled to one vote per share. Class B common stock possesses dividend and distribution rights equal to one-fifteen-hundredth (1/1,500) of such rights of Class A common stock. Each Class B common share possesses voting rights equivalent to one-ten-thousandth (1/10,000) of the voting rights of a Class A share. Unless otherwise required under Delaware General Corporation Law, Class A and Class B common shares vote as a single class. Each share of Class A common stock is convertible, at the option of the holder, into 1,500 shares of Class B common stock. Class B common stock is not convertible into Class A common stock.

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