Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway makes $500 million investment in Brazilian digital bank

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Warren Buffett at Berkshire Hathaway’s annual meeting in Los Angeles, California. May 1, 2021.
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Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway made a $500 million investment in the parent company of Nubank, a privately held digital bank based in Brazil, the South American company announced on Tuesday.

Nubank, which was founded in 2013, made its first appearance on CNBC’s Disruptor 50 list earlier this year. The company said it has roughly 40 million customers.

The company’s CEO told the Wall Street Journal that an initial public offering is not currently planned but is likely in the future.

Buffett is no stranger to investing in financial firms, as traditional banks and insurance companies make up a large portion of Berkshire’s investment portfolio. However, Buffett had sold nearly all of his stake in Wells Fargo by the end of the first quarter, according to securities filings.

Berkshire’s class B shares were little changed on Tuesday morning following the announcement. The stock has risen nearly 25% year to date.

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