“This Land Is Your Land, This Land Is My Land.” Actually, There’s A Pretty Good Chance Bill Gates Actually Owns It.

In this Feb. 1, 2018 photo, Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates, with his wife Melinda, poses for a photo before an interview with The Associated Press in Kirkland, Wash. The Gateses, as the world's top philanthropists, are rethinking their work in America as they confront what they consider their unsatisfactory track record on schools, the country's growing inequity and a president they disagree with more than any other. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

Have you ever wondered what you could possibly buy if you were one of the richest people in the world? The answer is basically anything, but it is interesting to note how much land and property the world’s user wealthy own.

Bill Gates made his fame and fortune for starting Microsoft, one of the most important tech companies ever invented.  Now he’s known for being the largest owner of farmland in the U.S., as Farmer Bill owns a total of 242,000 acres of farmland scattered throughout over a dozen states.

In Louisiana alone he owns almost 70,000 acres, 48,000 acres in Arkansas and 21,000 acres in Nebraska. And it’s not just farmland in Bill’s porfolio.  He also owns a big chunk of 25,750 acres of transitional land in Phoenix that is currently being developed into a new suburb.  Think about it. He launched Microsoft in his parent’s garage, and now Gates might actually own an entire town.

According to The Land Report, the biggest individual landowner in the U.S. is billionaire John Malone, the Chairman of Liberty Media.  He owns over 2.2 million acres of ranches and forests.

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