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What's the Most Expensive Stock of All Time?

Stock price is an indicator of a company's market value, but the price of a share of stock will also depend on the number of shares outstanding. The reason why certain stocks are priced so high is usually due to the company having never or rarely having completed a stock split.

There are many ways to evaluate a stock in addition to its absolute share price. Here, we take a look at some of the largest companies in the U.S. and abroad.

Top Companies by Stock Price

The most expensive publicly traded stock of all time is Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway (BRK.A). Berkshire hit an all-time high on Jan. 17, 2020 at $347,400.1 Thanks to spectacular shareholder gains and the idiosyncrasies of its founder, this share value is unlikely to be matched by anything other than continued gains in Berkshire’s share price.
The next company behind Berkshire, in terms of absolute stock price, is NVR (NVR) at $4,175 per share. Then there is the Seaboard Corporation (SEB), which was trading at $3,450, and Amazon.com (AMZN) at $3,250, followed by Booking Holdings (BKNG) at $1,800 a share.

Top Companies by Revenue

In terms of the biggest global companies by revenue, Walmart (WMT) comes in as number one—according to the Fortune 500 list. Walmart's revenues were $514.4 billion in 2019. Behind Walmart was Sinopec Group with $444.6 billion in revenues, followed by China's State Grid with $398.2 billion, and China National Petroleum (PetroChina) at $366 billion.

Royal Dutch Shell ranks fifth with $344.8 billion in annual revenues, and the sixth and seventh spots are covered by car giants. Volkswagen and Toyota Motors at $299 billion and $272 billion in yearly revenues, respectively.

Top Private Companies

In terms of private companies, Forbes ranks Minnesota-based Cargill as the largest private U.S. company with $115.5 billion in annual revenues. Second is Koch Industries with $110 billion in revenues and 130,000 employees. Ranking third is the grocery chain Albertsons, with $60.5 billion in annual revenue and 267,000 employees.