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#442 Walter Scott $4.31B

Random fact: Coal-fired power plant in Iowa is named after him.


Scott owns a 9.1 percent stake in Berkshire Hathaway Energy, a subsidiary of Berkshire Hathaway that owns utilities and energy companies in the U.S., the U.K. and Canada. The closely held business has more than 8 million electric and natural gas customers in the U.S. and U.K., and serves 85 percent of the population of Alberta.

As of July 22, 2017:
Last change +$33.0k (0%)
YTD change +$354M (+8.9%)
Industry Energy
Biggest asset Berkshire Hathaway Energy
Citizenship United States
Age 85
Wealth Self-made
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Scott and his family own a 9 percent stake in Berkshire Hathaway Energy, a subsidiary of publicly traded Berkshire Hathaway, according to BHE's 2016 annual report, which discloses that Scott can elect to exchange his stake in the division for a 0.9 percent holding in parent Berkshire Hathaway as of Feb. 17, 2017. His holdings are valued using the closing price of Berkshire Hathaway Class B shares as of this date.

He also holds less than 1 percent of publicly traded infrastructure provider Valmont as well as a 0.01 percent direct stake in Berkshire Hathaway, according to SEC filings.

The value of his cash investments are based on an analysis of share sales, dividends, market performance, taxes and charitable contributions. His 177-foot superyacht, Ice Bear, is valued based on discussions with a person familiar with it and the shipyard who asked not to be identified as the information is private.

Scott's foundation didn't immediately respond to requests for comment on his net worth.


Birthdate: 1931
Family: Widowed, 6 children
Education: Colorado State University System, Bachelor's Degree

Walter Scott was born in Omaha, Nebraska in 1931. A childhood friend of Warren Buffett, he studied civil engineering at Colorado State University, according to the university's website. He joined closely held construction company Peter Kiewit Sons in 1953, and 11 years later became a director of the company. He was elected chairman when Peter Kiewet died in 1979.

Scott steered the employee-owned company into investing in fiber-optic networks, ultimately selling the unit to Worldcom for about $15 billion in 1996. He parlayed some of his returns into U.S. utility MidAmerican to become its largest shareholder and, in 1999, joined forces with Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway to buy the company for $9 billion. Today he owns 9 percent of Berkshire Hathaway Energy, which has operations in the U.S., U.K. and Canada, according to its website.

The billionaire sits on the board of Berkshire Hathaway and is chairman emeritus of Peter Kiewit Sons. He lives in Omaha, Nebraska.

  • 1931 Walter Scott is born in Omaha, Nebraska.
  • 1953 Graduates from Colorado State University.
  • 1979 Becomes chairman of construction company Peter Kiewit Sons.
  • 1997 Receives the Horatio Alger Award.
  • 1999 Teams up with Warren Buffett to buy MidAmerican Energy.
  • 2010 Signs the Giving Pledge.
  • 2016 Retires from Durham School Advisory Board
  • 2016 Donates $53.3 million to Colorado State University.