Bill Gates owns a vast area of farmland,making him the biggest farmer in US

Sat Jun 12 2021 14:02:13 GMT+0530 (IST)

Janhvi Dazzles In WhiteWhenever we talk about American business magnate and Microsoft Co-founder Bill Gates, his philanthropic work flashes in our mind. His foundation had already pledged $50 million to deliver Covid vaccines to lower-income countries.

But little do people know that Bill Gates is interested in farming. He and his estranged wife Melinda Gates jointly owns over 269,000 acres of farmland, making him the biggest farmer in the United States.

Going by the data shared by the NBC report, Bill Gates owns farmland across 18 states in the country. Soybeans, corn, cotton, and rice are grown in Bill Gates' farmlands in North Louisiana. He also owns 14,000 acres of land in Washington, where potatoes are grown predominantly.

Potatoes grown in Bill Gates' farmland are sent to popular Fast food company McDonald's for french fries. These farmlands are managed by investment firm Cascade, which is also owned by Mr. Gates.

The vast area of farmlands owned by him made it to the headlines as the properties owned by him and his wife will be split as part of their divorce. There is no information on how they will be splitting the land.

With a net worth of $144 billion, the Microsoft co-founder is the fourth-richest person in the world. After the divorce settlement, his rankings in the Bloomberg Billionaires list will be changed.