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THIS DOCUMENT IS IMPORTANT AND REQUIRES YOUR IMMEDIATE ATTENTION. IF YOU ARE IN
ANY DOUBT AS TO THE ACTION TO BE TAKEN, YOU SHOULD IMMEDIATELY CONSULT YOUR
BROKER, BANK MANAGER, LAWYER, ACCOUNTANT, INVESTMENT ADVISOR OR OTHER
PROFESSIONAL.

         This document relates to an exchange offer (the "EXCHANGE OFFER") made
by Berkshire Hathaway Finance Corporation ("BHFC"). The Exchange Offer is
described in the Prospectus, dated [______] (the "PROSPECTUS"), and in this
Letter of Transmittal (this "LETTER OF TRANSMITTAL"). All terms and conditions
contained or otherwise referred to in the Prospectus are deemed to be
incorporated in and form a part of this Letter of Transmittal. Therefore, you
are urged to read the Prospectus and the items referred to therein carefully.
The terms and conditions contained in the Prospectus, together with the terms
and conditions governing this Letter of Transmittal and the instructions herein,
are collectively referred to below as the "TERMS AND CONDITIONS."

                              LETTER OF TRANSMITTAL
                                   RELATING TO
               THE OFFER BY BERKSHIRE HATHAWAY FINANCE CORPORATION

                    TO EXCHANGE 3.40% SENIOR NOTES DUE 2007,
              UNCONDITIONALLY GUARANTEED BY BERKSHIRE HATHAWAY INC.

                              ("REGISTERED NOTES")

                                       FOR

                          3.40% SENIOR NOTES DUE 2007,
              UNCONDITIONALLY GUARANTEED BY BERKSHIRE HATHAWAY INC.

                              ("OUTSTANDING NOTES")

         THE EXCHANGE OFFER FOR THE OUTSTANDING NOTES WILL EXPIRE AT 5:00 P.M.,
NEW YORK CITY TIME, ON [_____], UNLESS EXTENDED BY BHFC (THE "EXPIRATION DATE").

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     Each holder of Outstanding Notes wishing to accept the Exchange Offer,
except holders of Outstanding Notes executing their tenders through the
Automated Tender Offer Program ("ATOP") procedures of The Depository Trust
Company ("DTC"), should complete, sign and submit this Letter of Transmittal to
the exchange agent, J.P. Morgan Trust Company, National Association (the
"EXCHANGE AGENT"), on or prior to the Expiration Date.

                 J.P. MORGAN TRUST COMPANY, NATIONAL ASSOCIATION
                          Institutional Trust Services
                                Attn: Frank Ivins
                                2001 Bryan Street
                                   9th Floor
                                Dallas, TX 75201

     DELIVERY OF THIS LETTER OF TRANSMITTAL TO AN ADDRESS, OR TRANSMISSION OF
INSTRUCTIONS VIA A FACSIMILE NUMBER, OTHER THAN AS SET FORTH ABOVE OR IN
ACCORDANCE WITH THE INSTRUCTIONS HEREIN, WILL NOT CONSTITUTE VALID DELIVERY. THE
INSTRUCTIONS ACCOMPANYING THIS LETTER OF TRANSMITTAL SHOULD BE READ CAREFULLY
BEFORE THIS LETTER OF TRANSMITTAL IS COMPLETED.

     Questions regarding the Exchange Offer or the completion of this Letter of
Transmittal should be directed to the Exchange Agent, at : 1-800-275-2048.

     This Letter of Transmittal may be used to accept the Exchange Offer if
Outstanding Notes are to be tendered by effecting a book-entry transfer into the
Exchange Agent's account at DTC and instructions are not being transmitted
through DTC's ATOP procedures. Unless you intend to tender Outstanding Notes
through ATOP, you should complete, execute and deliver this Letter of
Transmittal, along with the physical certificates for the Outstanding Notes
specified herein, to indicate the action you desire to take with respect to the
Exchange Offer.

     Holders of Outstanding Notes tendering by book-entry transfer to the
Exchange Agent's account at DTC may execute the tender through ATOP, for which
the Exchange Offer is eligible. Financial institutions that are DTC participants
may execute tenders through ATOP by transmitting acceptance of the Exchange
Offer to DTC on or prior to the Expiration Date. DTC will verify acceptance of
the Exchange Offer, execute a book-entry transfer of the tendered Outstanding
Notes into the account of the Exchange Agent at DTC and send to the Exchange
Agent a "book-entry confirmation," which shall include an agent's message. An
"agent's message" is a message, transmitted by DTC to, and received by, the
Exchange Agent and forming part of a book-entry confirmation, which states that
DTC has received an express acknowledgement from a DTC participant tendering
Outstanding Notes that the participant has received and agrees to be bound by
the terms of the Letter of Transmittal as an undersigned thereof and BHFC may
enforce such agreement against the participant. Delivery of the agent's message
by DTC will satisfy the terms of the Exchange Offer as to execution and delivery

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