Bill Gates made headlines for becoming the largest private farmland owner in the U.S. But he’s not the only one. Some of the wealthiest landowners including Jeff Bezos, John Malone and Thomas Peterffy are buying up forests, ranches and farmlands across the United States. Why? Watch the video to find out.


Investments in farmland are growing across the country as people, including the ultra-wealthy like Bill Gates, look for new ways to grow their money.
In 2020, Gates made headlines for becoming the largest private farmland owner in the U.S. He had accumulated more than 269,000 acres of farmland across 18 states in less than a decade. His farmland grows onions, carrots and even the potatoes that are used to make McDonald’s French fries.


“It’s an asset with increasing value,” American Farmland Trust CEO John Piotti said. “It has great intrinsic value and beyond that, it is a limited resource.”
The U.S. Department of Agriculture estimates that 30% of all farmland is owned by landlords who don’t farm themselves. Buyers often purchase land from farmers who have owned it for decades; many of whom may be asset rich but maybe cash poor.

美國農田信托公司首席執行官約翰·皮奧蒂說:“這是一項價值不斷增加的資產?!薄八哂芯薮蟮膬仍趦r值,除此之外,它是一種有限的資源?!?br /> 美國農業部估計,所有農田中有30%屬于自己不耕種的地主。買家通常從擁有土地數十年的農民手中購買土地;他們中的許多人可能資產豐富,但是缺少現金。

“The economic realities for them are typical that they’ve spent their life farming,” said Holly Rippon-Butler, land campaign director at the National Young Farmers Coalition. “Their retirement, their equity is all in the land and tied up in selling land.”
Private landowners are also making a profit by utilizing the land in numerous ways. Approximately 39% of the 911 million acres of farmland across the U.S. is rented out to farmers, and 80% of that rented farmland is owned by landlords who don’t farm themselves data from the Agriculture Department shows.

“他們的經濟形式是典型的,他們一生都在務農,”全國青年農民聯盟土地運動主任霍莉·里彭-巴特勒說?!八麄兊耐诵萁鸷凸蓹喽荚谕恋厣?,與賣地捆綁在一起?!?br /> 私人土地所有者也通過多種方式利用土地獲利。美國農業部的數據顯示,在美國911萬英畝的農田中,約有39%出租給了農民,而這些出租的農田中有80%屬于自己不耕種的地主。

“The young farmers are just as happy to lease the land because whether you are young or old, it’s a business, right?” said Thomas Petterfy, chairman of Interactive Brokers and owner of 581,000 acres.
“You go buy a farm and you put that cash rental lease in place, you’re going to be looking at about 2.5% return on your capital,” Peoples Company President Steve Bruere said.