The mood this weekend at Berkshire Hathaway Inc.'s (NYSE: BRK.A, BRK.B) annual shareholder meeting could be less festive than usual, darkened by a laundry list of concerns that includes mediocre returns and who eventually will succeed iconic Chief Executive Officer Warren Buffett.
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Analysts also expect shareholders to question an ethical lapse this year that resulted in the resignation of top executive David Sokol on March 29.
In January Sokol made a $10 million investment in Lubrizol Corporation (NYSE: LZ) -- shortly before recommending to Buffett that Berkshire acquire the company. When Berkshire announced on March 14 that it would indeed acquire Lubrizol for $9 billion, Sokol pocketed a $3 million profit.