Bill Gates and his wife Melinda have been named the top owners of US farmland, having acquired 242,000 acres (almost 1,000 square kilometres) across more than a dozen states.
According to The Land Report, their largest holdings are as follows:
- Louisiana 69,071 acres
- Arkansas 47,927 acres
- Nebraska 20,588 acres
- Arizona 25,750 acres
- Washington state 16,097 acres
Since the early 2000s, Gates and his wife have been engaged in several endeavours to help farmers in developing countries. About a year ago, the billionaire established Gates Ag One to boost agriculture in less advantaged societies.