LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KARK) – Bill and Melinda Gates are taking on the new title of the biggest farmland owners in the United States, with a portion of that ownership being in Illinois.
According to landreport.com, the Gates family has a total of 242,000 in farmland acreage in the United States.
The Gates family currently owns 17,940 of those acres in Illinois, which is 7.4 percent of the family’s total landholdings. The report though did not specify if that total amount was all farmland.
Arkansas ranks second, with 47,927 acres, though in the largest amount of farmland that the Gates family owns within a state; with Louisiana reportedly seeing the family owning 69,071 acres of land there.
According to the report, the Gates family is still far ahead of other farmland owners in the country with the next largest farmland owners being 190,000 acres.