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The Microsoft cofounder and philanthropist Bill Gates owns 242,000 acres of farmland in the US, making him the largest private-farmland owner, an analysis by The Land Report found in January.

But, Gates may not be the largest private-farmland owner for much longer. On Monday, the Microsoft cofounder announced on Twitter that he and his wife, Melinda Gates, were getting a divorce after 27 years of marriage.

As the fourth-richest man in the world, Gates’ estimated net worth of $146 billion and his assets, which includes the 242,000 acres of farmland, could be split between the couple.

Bill and Melinda Gates never signed a prenuptial agreement, but plan to split their property via a “separation contract,” according to a report from TMZ. The separation contract will allow the couple to divide their assets outside of the court.

While the details of the agreement are unclear, the resulting settlement could be one of the largest ever, cementing Melinda Gates as one of the wealthiest women in the world. 

The couple holds an extensive farmland portfolio stretching over 18 states, according to The Land Report. The Gates family’s biggest holdings are in Louisiana (69,071 acres), Arkansas (47,927 acres), and Nebraska (20,588 acres), the report said.

Their farmland is held both directly and through Cascade Investment, a firm controlled by Gates to manage his investments, according to The Land Report.

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Gates also owns several thousand acres of transitional land. The Arizona Republic reported in 2017 that about 25,000 acres near Phoenix that Cascade Investment bought a “significant stake” in were being transformed into a suburb with space for 80,000 homes; more than 4,000 acres for schools, offices, and stores; and 3,400 acres of open …read more

Source:: Business Insider


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