Greg Abel

Gregory Edward Abel (born 1961/1962) is a Canadian businessman, chairman and CEO of Berkshire Hathaway Energy, and vice-chairman of non-insurance operations of Berkshire Hathaway since January 2018.

Greg Abel
Gregory Edward Abel

1961/1962 (age 59–60)[1]
Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
EducationUniversity of Alberta
TitleChairman and CEO, Berkshire Hathaway Energy
Board member ofBerkshire Hathaway

Early life and educationEdit

Abel was born in Edmonton, Alberta.[2] He earned a bachelor's degree in accounting from the University of Alberta in 1984 and is an AICPA certified public accountant.[2][1]


Abel began his career working as a chartered accountant with PricewaterhouseCoopers in their San Francisco office. In 1992, he joined CalEnergy, a geothermal electricity producer.[2] In 1999, CalEnergy acquired MidAmerican Energy, adopting its name, and Berkshire Hathaway acquired a controlling interest later that year. Abel became CEO of MidAmerican in 2008,[3] and the company was renamed Berkshire Hathaway Energy in 2014.[2]

In January 2018, Abel was named Berkshire Hathaway's vice chairman for non-insurance operations and appointed to Berkshire's board of directors.[4]

Abel is also vice chairman of Edison Electric Institute, and a director of Associated Electric & Gas Insurance Services Limited, Kraft Heinz, Nuclear Electric Insurance Limited, the Hockey Canada Foundation, the Mid-Iowa Council Boy Scouts of America, and the American Football Coaches Foundation. He has been on the board of trustees at Duke University and at Drake University.[5][6]


  1. ^ a b "Executive Profile: Gregory Edward Abel". Bloomberg LP. Archived from the original on 11 January 2018. Retrieved 10 January 2018.
  2. ^ a b c d "Warren Buffett's Canadian lieutenant eyes Alberta expansion". Retrieved 10 January 2018 – via The Globe and Mail.
  3. ^ Claman, Liz (2018-09-07). "Greg Abel: Holding a key to Buffett's Kingdom". FOXBusiness. Retrieved 2020-02-07.
  4. ^ Kim, Tae (10 January 2018). "Warren Buffett takes a step closer to naming a successor as Berkshire appoints Abel and Jain to board as vice chairs". Retrieved 10 January 2018.
  5. ^ Das, Anupreeta (28 February 2015). "Greg Abel: an Astute Deal Maker Who Shuns the Spotlight". WSJ. Retrieved 31 March 2019.
  6. ^ Jordan, Steve (11 January 2018). "New Berkshire Vice Chairman Gregory Abel called 'truly innovative' with 'great ideas'". Omaha World Herald. Retrieved 31 March 2019.