6bn acres: Queen Elizabeth II the largest landowner on Earth

Tony Gosling tony at cultureshop.org.uk
Thu Jul 30 23:07:49 BST 2015

Why the BBC would never broadcast Prince Philip: the Plot to Make a King

The BBC and ITV have, for various reasons, a 
tendency to be overly deferential to Buckingham 
Palace. But once again, Channel 4’s maverick 
approach to the royals has produced something genuinely insightful
Available until 30th August 2015 if you missed it 
- http://www.channel4.com/programmes/prince-philip-the-plot-to-make-a-king

“Queen Elizabeth II the largest landowner on Earth.”
Queen Elizabeth II, head of state of the United 
Kingdom and of 31 other states and territories, 
is the legal owner of about 6,600 million acres 
of land, one sixth of the earth’s non ocean surface.
She is the only person on earth who owns whole 
countries, and who owns countries that are not 
her own domestic territory. This land ownership 
is separate from her role as head of state and is 
different from other monarchies where no such 
claim is made – Norway, Belgium, Denmark etc.
The value of her land holding. £17,600,000,000,000 (approx).
This makes her the richest individual on earth. 
However, there is no way easily to value her real 
estate. There is no current market in the land of 
entire countries. At a rough estimate of $5,000 
an acre, and based on the sale of Alaska to the 
USA by the Tsar, and of Louisiana to the USA by 
France, the Queen’s land holding is worth a 
notional $33,000,000,000,000 (Thirty three 
trillion dollars or about £17,600,000,000,000). 
Her holding is based on the laws of the countries 
she owns and her land title is valid in all the 
countries she owns. Her main holdings are Canada, 
the 2nd largest country on earth, with 2,467 
million acres, Australia, the 7th largest country 
on earth with 1,900 million acres, the Papua New 
Guinea with114 million acres, New Zealand with 66 
million acres and the UK with 60 million acres.
She is the world’s largest landowner by a 
significant margin. The next largest landowner is 
the Russian state, with an overall ownership of 
4,219 million acres, and a direct ownership 
comparable with the Queen’s land holding of 2,447 
million acres. The 3rd largest landowner is the 
Chinese state, which claims all of Chinese land, 
about 2,365 million acres. The 4th largest 
landowner on earth is the Federal Government of 
the United States, which owns about one third of 
the land of the USA, 760 million acres. The fifth 
largest landowner on earth is the King of Saudi Arabia with 553 million acres

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