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Company Overview of Cascade Investment, L.L.C.

Company Overview

Cascade Investment, L.L.C. is an asset management firm owned by Mr. William (Bill) H. Gates. The firm invests in the public equity, fixed income, and alternative markets of the United States. It also makes venture capital investments. Cascade Investments was founded in 1995 and is based in Kirkland, Washington.

2365 Carillon Point

Kirkland, WA 98033

United States

Founded in 1995





Key Executives for Cascade Investment, L.L.C.

Business Manager
Age: 57
Portfolio Manager
Age: 38
Security Analyst
Investment Professional
Age: 73
Investment Professional
Compensation as of Fiscal Year 2016.

Cascade Investment, L.L.C. Key Developments

Cascade May Buy Strategic Hotels Stake

Cascade Investment, L.L.C. disclosed that given the possibility of Strategic Hotels & Resorts, Inc. (NYSE:BEE) exploring a potential sale as noted in recent press reports, it approached the company about the possibility of exploring strategic alternatives for the company, including the possibility of Cascade "being a party to a transaction." Such discussions may lead to Cascade participating in such a transaction, it stated. The investment vehicle controlled by Bill Gates owns 9.8% of Strategic Hotels.

Sika's Board To Buy Out Founding Family's Stake

Sika AG's (SWX:SIK) Board of Directors plans on buying the stake of the company's founding family Burkard in a bid to prevent Compagnie de Saint-Gobain S.A. (ENXTPA:SGO) from taking over Sika, Sonntagszeitung reported, citing sources in the know. According to the report, the Board is ready to pay the family's Schenker-Winkler Holding AG CHF 2.25 billion for the stake. Sika spokesman Dominik Slappnig confirmed the offer to news agency AWP on April 20, 2015, but did not disclose the offer price, saying only it includes a premium. At the same time, SWH spokesman Andreas Durisch told AWP the family is not aware of an alternative offer and stressed any proposal that does not include Saint-Gobain is unacceptable. However, Sika's management and some shareholders, including Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and Cascade Investment, L.L.C., have expressed their fierce opposition to the deal with Saint-Gobain and initiated a lengthy battle with the family. According to Sonntagszeitung's report, the family would retain a part of its stake for the time being to profit from any rise in the share price.

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