Berkshire Hathaway’s audit committee claims that former NetJets chairman and CEO David Sokol violated “the highest standards of business ethics” maintained by NetJets parent Berkshire Hathaway in his trading of shares in Lubrizol. Sokol resigned from Berkshire Hathaway on March 28.
On March 28, David Sokol resigned from his job as chairman of several Berkshire Hathaway-owned companies, including fractional-share provider NetJets. NetJets president Jordan Hansell took over as chairman and CEO.
Berkshire Hathaway shareholder Mason Kirby filed a lawsuit on Monday against Berkshire Hathaway, company executives Warren Buffett and Charles Munger and other officers and directors, including director Bill Gates, as well as former NetJets chairman and CEO David Sokol.
Revenues at Berkshire Hathaway’s “other services” segment–which includes fractional jet provider NetJets and flight-training company FlightSafety International–climbed by $770 million (up 12 percent year-over-year), to $7.4 billion, according to the company’s 2010 financial results. Pre-tax profits at the division soared to $984 million, versus a $91 million loss in 2009.
David Sokol has resigned from his job as chairman of several Berkshire Hathaway-owned companies, including fractional-share provider NetJets. According to a statement issued late this afternoon by Berkshire Hathaway’s Warren Buffett, Sokol’s assistant submitted the resignation letter to Buffett late in the day on Monday, March 28.
Revenues at Berkshire Hathaway’s “other services” segment–which includes fractional jet provider NetJets and flight-training company FlightSafety International–climbed by $770 million (up 12 percent year-over-year), to $7.4 billion, according to the company’s 2010 financial results, released on Saturday.
NetJets lost $711 million last year and is so debt-laden that without parent-company Berkshire Hathaway’s guarantee of this debt, “NetJets would have been out of business,” Berkshire Hathaway chairman Warren Buffett said in his annual letter to shareholders on Saturday. In 2008, the fractional aircraft provider recorded $213 million in pre-tax earnings.
Individually last year there was no taller toppling in business aviation than that of NetJets founder and chairman Richard Santulli, who on August 4 announced his resignation from the fractional company he had been building since he acquired Executive Jet Aviation in 1984.
Investment mogul Warren Buffett, who in 1989 named his Bombardier Challenger 600 “The Indefensible” but later renamed the jet “The Indispensable” still believes that aircraft are valuable business tools even in light of the current economy.
When Berkshire Hathaway CEO Warren Buffett bought a Bombardier Challenger 600 twenty years ago, he named the large-cabin business jet The Indefensible because of his past criticisms of such purchases by other CEOs. However, after the investment guru used the jet, he realized its value as a business tool and later renamed it The Indispensable.
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