5 Billionaires with Ties to Agriculture—and Why They Do It

Why would a billionaire become interested in farming? There are probably fewer billionaires in the world than there are reasons, but we can narrow it down a bit.

 

Microsoft Corp Chairman Bill Gates and his wife Melinda arrive at U.S. District Court in Washington D.C. April 22, 2002 for Gates' testimony in Microsoft's 4-year anti-trust battle against the U.S Department of Justice.
Microsoft Corp Chairman Bill Gates and his wife Melinda arrive at U.S. District Court in Washington D.C. April 22, 2002 for Gates’ testimony in Microsoft’s 4-year anti-trust battle against the U.S Department of Justice.

In the case of at least two of the uber-wealthy, agriculture has helped make their fortunes. For another, it was an investment opportunity he thinks will pay off big. But for some of the more philanthropy-minded of the One Percent, it’s about helping the less fortunate. And yes, there are those not actually involved in farming who were merely gaming the system to receive farm subsidies—at least until the feds addressed the issue.

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