‘Berkshire Hathaway high on Coke’: Warren Buffett earned $704M in dividends from Coca-Cola in 2022 — sparking a reaction from Elon Musk. Here are 3 more income stocks in the portfolio

‘Berkshire Hathaway high on Coke’: Warren Buffett earned $704M in dividends from Coca-Cola in 2022 — sparking a reaction from Elon Musk. Here are 3 more income stocks in the portfolioIt’s no secret that Warren Buffett has made billions from his investment in Coca-Cola (KO).

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His company Berkshire Hathaway has held Coca-Cola in its portfolio since the late ’80s. But other than having benefited from the beverage giant’s rising share price over the decades, Berkshire continues to collect dividends from the investment.

And the amount might surprise you.

Coca-Cola paid four quarterly dividends totaling $1.76 per share in 2022. Berkshire held 400,000,000 shares of Coca-Cola in 2022, allowing it to earn $704 million in dividends from the company.

The figure caught the attention of Elon Musk, the world’s richest person, who tweeted “Berkshire Hathaway high on Coke.”

The best part? With dividend investing, there’s no need to worry about the stock market’s ups and downs. The S&P 500 tumbled 19.4% in 2022, but investors who held high-quality dividend stocks in their portfolios still got paid.

Coca-Cola isn’t the only company that Buffett collects dividends from. Here’s a look at three other Berkshire holdings that are distributing generous amounts of cash to investors.

KrogerIn an era where physical stores are under serious threat from online merchants, Kroger (KR) remains a brick-and-mortar beast.

In 2022, the company’s same-store sales without fuel increased by 5.6%.

The economy moves in cycles, but people always need to shop for food. As a result, Kroger can make money through our economy’s ups and downs.

You can see Kroger’s resilience in its dividend history: the company has increased its payout to shareholders for 16 consecutive years.

Paying a quarterly dividend of 26 cents per share, Kroger offers an annual yield of 2.3%.

As of Dec. 31, 2022, Berkshire owned 50,000,000 shares of the company.

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Johnson & JohnsonWith deeply entrenched positions in consumer health, pharmaceuticals and medical devices markets, healthcare giant Johnson & Johnson (JNJ) has delivered consistent returns to investors throughout economic cycles.

Many of the company’s consumer health brands — such as Tylenol, Band-Aid, and Listerine — are household names. In total, JNJ has 29 products each capable of generating over $1 billion in annual sales.

Not only does Johnson & Johnson post recurring annual profits, but it also grows them consistently: Over the past 20 years, Johnson & Johnson’s adjusted earnings have increased at an average annual rate of 8%.

The stock has been trending up for decades, all while returning an increasing amount of cash to shareholders. JNJ announced its 60th consecutive annual dividend increase last April and now yields 2.9%.

At the end of December, Buffett’s company held 327,100 shares of JNJ.

Procter & GambleBerkshire also owned 315,400 shares of Procter & Gamble (PG) at the end of 2022 — a company with an even longer dividend growth track record than JNJ.

P&G announced a 5% dividend increase in April 2022, marking its 66th consecutive annual payout increase. The stock currently offers an annual dividend yield of 2.6%.

It’s easy to see why the company is able to maintain such a streak.

P&G is a consumer staples giant with a portfolio of trusted brands like Bounty paper towels, Crest toothpaste, Gillette razor blades, and Tide detergent. These are products that households buy on a regular basis, regardless of what the economy is doing.

While shares have slipped around 8% in 2023, they are still up 74% over the last five years.

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