Berkshire Hathaway Invests $1B in Brazilian Digital Bank Nubank, Reduces Mastercard, Visa Positions

The share purchase was made in the last quarter of 2021, according to an SEC filing.

AccessTimeIconFeb 16, 2022 at 2:33 a.m. UTC
Updated Feb 16, 2022 at 3:35 p.m. UTC

Andrés Engler is a CoinDesk editor based in Argentina, where he covers the Latin American crypto ecosystem. He holds BTC and ETH.

Berkshire Hathaway bought $1 billion in shares of Brazilian digital bank Nubank in the fourth quarter of 2021, according to a 13F filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

  • In December, when Nubank went public, Berkshire Hathaway reportedly acquired 30 million shares for a total of $250 million. At that time, Nubank's valuation reached $41.5 billion.
  • In the fourth quarter of 2021, Berkshire also sold 1.27 million shares of Visa and 302,000 shares of Mastercard.
  • In June 2021, Berkshire Hathaway invested $500 million in Nubank by leading the extension of a Series G funding round.
  • Although Nubank does not allow trading in cryptocurrencies, its investment unit, NuInvest, allows users to invest in crypto exchange traded funds (ETF), according to the company website.
  • In 2018, Berkshire Hathaway CEO Warren Buffett declared his dislike of bitcoin, calling it "rat poison squared."

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