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3. Berkshire Hathaway
Berkshire Hathaway
Despite the investment firm's losses from beleaguered giants such as Wells Fargo, Warren Buffett's baby made lemonade out of lemons: The firm invested $3 billion in General Electric and $5 billion in Goldman Sachs and the company posted average $3,224 profit per share for 2008. Not bad, considering the times. --A.A.

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Last updated March 04 2009: 10:55 AM ET
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