Bill Gates stocks up on Crocs, Kodak

In regulatory filings, Gates' investment arm notes it has a 5 percent stake in Eastman Kodak as well as holdings in the plastic clog maker.

Sergey Brin's Crocs
Google co-founder Sergey Brin, a frequent Croc wearer, is now indirectly benefitting Bill Gates' bank account each time he adds a new shade to his wardrobe. Stephen Shankland/CNET Networks

It's always interesting to note where Bill Gates is putting his money.

Fortunately, his Cascade Investment arm details his largest holdings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. According to regulatory filings made on Wednesday, Gates' Cascade Investment arm (along with the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation) now holds, among other things, a 5.2 percent stake in Eastman Kodak.

It's not the first photography-related investment for Gates, who owns stock photography company Corbis.

Barron's reporter Eric Savitz also noted Gates holdings in companies ranging from $1.28 billion worth of Canadian National Railway to $391 million worth of Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway. TechFlash's Todd Bishop notes that list of holdings also includes a $3.7 million stake in plastic shoemaker Crocs.

Companies often get a mention just because Gates is taking a stake in them. Cascade's investments have included algae fuel maker Sapphire Energy and LGBT (lesbian gay bisexual transgender) publisher PlanetOut, although that company has hit on tough financial times and is in the process of merging with two former rivals.

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