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When you buy shares of Wells Fargo (NYSE:WFC), you can rest assured that you're in great company. This will be obvious when you view the brief slideshow below, which reveals Wells Fargo's five biggest shareholders.

Topping the list is Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway (NYSE:BRK-A) (NYSE:BRK-B). According to data from Morningstar, it owns 9.3% of Wells Fargo. The position goes back more than two decades when Berkshire Hathaway took advantage of a downturn in the California real estate market in the early 1990s to pick up shares of the San Francisco-based bank on the cheap. Today, Berkshire's stake in Wells Fargo is worth $26.3 billion, making it Buffett's single biggest investment and favorite bank.

To see what other prescient investors have joined Buffett's Berkshire at the table of Wells Fargo's five biggest shareholders, simply scroll through the brief slideshow below -- raw ownership data follows it.

Data source: Morningstar, Yahoo! Finance, author's calculations.

Wells Fargo's Biggest Investors

Number of Shares Owned

Value of Stake

Ownership Interest in Wells Fargo

Berkshire Hathaway

470.3 million

$26.3 billion



267.4 million

$14.9 billion


State Street

193.2 million

$10.8 billion



161.2 million

$9.0 billion


Capital Research & Management Co.

149.2 million

$8.4 billion


Data source: Morningstar, Yahoo! Finance, author's calculations.

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