Berkshire Hathaway

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Just about every company in Warren Buffett’s fold is firing on all cylinders and cash-flush Berkshire will likely make some big acquisitions in the future. But the Oracle of Omaha faces a few uncertainties ahead.For one: It’s still unclear if there will be an investigation into David Sokol, the former Buffett heir apparent who quit in March. His resignation followed revelations that Sokol bought shares of Lubrizol shortly before Berkshire’s $9 billion bid for the company.

Also hazy: just how much exposure Berkshire’s reinsurance operations have to the Fukushima nuclear disaster in Japan. Luckily, Buffett keeps $20 billion in Berkshire’s sock drawer to cover such unforeseen emergencies. —P.N.