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Last Updated : Apr 09, 2018 12:15 PM IST | Source: Moneycontrol.com

Who owns the most land in the world? You'd be surprised to find out

These non-government individuals or organisations and businesses own the most land in the entire world.

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10. Brett Blundy | 3.4 million hectares | The Australian retail entrepreneur, who owns 3.4 million hectares of land, recently acquired the Walhallow Cattle Station in Northern Territory, Australia that cost him USD 77 million (Image: Pixabay)
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10. Brett Blundy | 3.4 million hectares | The Australian retail entrepreneur, who owns 3.4 million hectares of land, recently acquired the Walhallow Cattle Station in Northern Territory, Australia that cost him USD 77 million (Image: Pixabay)

9. Brook family | 3.5 million hectares | With land ownership of the size of Taiwan, David Brook and his family own and run farms in Southern Queensland and South Australia. (Image: Flickr)
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9. Brook family | 3.5 million hectares | With land ownership of the size of Taiwan, David Brook and his family own and run farms in Southern Queensland and South Australia. (Image: Flickr)

8. Macquarie Group shareholders | 4.4 million hectares | The Paraway Pastoral Company owns around 4.4 million hectares of land in Australia where they operate their sheep and cattle business. (Image: Commons Wikimedia)
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8. Macquarie Group shareholders | 4.4 million hectares | The Paraway Pastoral Company owns around 4.4 million hectares of land in Australia where they operate their sheep and cattle business. (Image: Commons Wikimedia)

7. Guy Hands and shareholders | 5.7 million hectares | Terra Firma Capital partners owned by British investor Guy Hands runs Consolidated Pastoral Company which is Australia’s largest privately-owned beef producer and has 375,000 cattle at any time. The company owns 5.7 million hectares of land in the country. (Image: Reuters)
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7. Guy Hands and shareholders | 5.7 million hectares | Terra Firma Capital partners owned by British investor Guy Hands runs Consolidated Pastoral Company which is Australia’s largest privately-owned beef producer and has 375,000 cattle at any time. The company owns 5.7 million hectares of land in the country. (Image: Reuters)

6. MacLachlan family | 5.75 million hectares | The Jumbuck Pastoral Company was set up in 1888 in Adelaide by HP MacLachlan, which controls 5.75 million hectares across Australia. It is the country’s leading wool supplier. (Image: WikiMedia)
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6. MacLachlan family | 5.75 million hectares | The Jumbuck Pastoral Company was set up in 1888 in Adelaide by HP MacLachlan, which controls 5.75 million hectares across Australia. It is the country’s leading wool supplier. (Image: WikiMedia)

5. Joe Lewis and shareholders | 7 million hectares | British tycoon Joe Lewis is the major shareholder of the Australian Agricultural Company, set up back in 1824. Lewis and company’s shareholders operate the land, equal to the size of Ireland, in Queensland and the Northern Territory. (Image: Reuters)
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5. Joe Lewis and shareholders | 7 million hectares | British tycoon Joe Lewis is the major shareholder of the Australian Agricultural Company, set up back in 1824. Lewis and company’s shareholders operate the land, equal to the size of Ireland, in Queensland and the Northern Territory. (Image: Reuters)

4. Zhongding Dairy Farming and Severny Bur shareholders | 9.1 million hectares | China’s Mudanjiang City Mega Farm is jointly owned by Zhongding Dairy Farming and Russia’s Severny Bur, and is the largest farm in the world. On an enormous 9.1 million hectares of land it houses 100,000 cows. (Image: Reuters)
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4. Zhongding Dairy Farming and Severny Bur shareholders | 9.1 million hectares | China’s Mudanjiang City Mega Farm is jointly owned by Zhongding Dairy Farming and Russia’s Severny Bur, and is the largest farm in the world. On an enormous 9.1 million hectares of land it houses 100,000 cows. (Image: Reuters)

3. Gina Rinehart | 12 million hectares | Apart from being the wealthiest person in Australia, Gina Rinehart became the top landowner after she acquired land from S. Kidman & Co., the largest private landholder on the planet, along with her own 21 sprawling cattle stations. (Image: Reuters)
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3. Gina Rinehart | 12 million hectares | Apart from being the wealthiest person in Australia, Gina Rinehart became the top landowner after she acquired land from S. Kidman & Co., the largest private landholder on the planet, along with her own 21 sprawling cattle stations. (Image: Reuters)

2. The Inuit people of Nunavut | 35 million hectares | Belonging to Canada’s central and eastern northwestern territories, the Inuit people hold 35 million hectares of land. It was handed over to them by the government in 1993. The territory of Nunavut was formed in 1999. (Image: Reuters)
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2. The Inuit people of Nunavut | 35 million hectares | Belonging to Canada’s central and eastern northwestern territories, the Inuit people hold 35 million hectares of land. It was handed over to them by the government in 1993. The territory of Nunavut was formed in 1999. (Image: Reuters)

1. The Catholic Church | 71.6 million hectares | The most land on the planet, an area larger than France, is owned by the Catholic Church, making the Holy See the largest non-government landowner globally. They own vast lands in various countries like India and Germany. (Image : Reuters)
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1. The Catholic Church | 71.6 million hectares | The most land on the planet, an area larger than France, is owned by the Catholic Church, making the Holy See the largest non-government landowner globally. They own vast lands in various countries like India and Germany. (Image : Reuters)

First Published on Apr 9, 2018 11:52 am
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