Bill Gates has now taken the title for the largest farmland owner in America. Even though his reign as the world’s richest person has been taken by other billionaires such as Jeff Bezos and Elon Musk, Gates seems to have other priorities such as buying up well over 242,000 acres of farmland which spans across 19 states, according to Land Report.
Gates’ started purchasing farmland back in 2014 after already acquiring 100,000 acres and his most recent large purchase was for $171 million on a 14,500 acre tract in Horse Heaven Hills. Louisiana and Arkansas holds the most land for the tech tycoon, combining for a total of 116,998 acres.
It seems that Bill Gates and Elon Musk may have some tension brewing as the Tesla mogul took to Twitter earlier to let us know that his recent conversations with Gates have been “underwhelming.” He doesn’t really go into detail about why his talks with the Microsoft head have been so stale but Business Insider seems to think it has something to do with Gates buying an electric Porsche instead of a Tesla.
In an interview with popular tech YouTuber Marques Brownlee, Gates described his new purchase of a Porsche Taycan as a “very, very cool” vehicle. The price point for the vehicle starts at $103,800 and is the first all-electric car from the German manufacturer.
Tesletter, Tesla’s unofficial newsletter tweeted,
“I’m disappointed because a lot of people are going to watch the interview and they are going to trust Bill’s word for it and not even consider EVs. Why? Because Bill Gates is a really smart guy!”