Farming

| 16.4°C Dublin

Close

Premium

Bill Gates is now the biggest landowner in the US, but what does he want with 269,000 acres?

Close

Microsoft chief Bill Gates

Microsoft chief Bill Gates

Ted Turner, the American media mogul, has acquired two million acres of land

Ted Turner, the American media mogul, has acquired two million acres of land

Michael Larson of Cascade Investment

Michael Larson of Cascade Investment

Anne and Anders Holch Povlsen want to rewild their own 200,000 acres of the Scottish highlands

Anne and Anders Holch Povlsen want to rewild their own 200,000 acres of the Scottish highlands

/

Microsoft chief Bill Gates

He is famous for his sensible office garb and digitally-amassed fortune, rather than rugged overalls and a weathered hand on the plough.

But the pioneer spirit, it turns out, burns bright in Bill Gates. Late in life, the sultan of software, emperor of intangibles, has discovered what the aristocracy have known for a thousand years: nothing beats land.


Most Watched





Privacy