What if I told you the Queen of England herself could solve poverty and world hunger HERSELF if she choose to? I know crazy right but hold on, she owns about 1/6 of land of Earth. What’s truly crazy is someone can own a piece of Earth, it was here first. With all the money she and her cronies has hoarded as well as land, they could be helping the world over eradicate poverty and hunger. Instead like many greedy Capitalists, the use a piece a paper and class warfare as well as force through military’s or private security, have allowed Queen Elizabeth II to be a pivotal player within the New World Order.
She personally owns the land, owns, not rules or reigns over, and she owns more land than any government as well. 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 with 114 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 . The Queen is the sole legal owner of all the land of Canada. The private “holdership” factor, based on freehold tenure of housing is 67%. For all other land it is less than 9.7%, with over 90% of Canadian land remaining as Crown leasehold, administered for the Crown by various agencies and departments of the government of Canada.
Canadians do not own land, they “hold” it, like in the U.S., they are listed as “tenants” on the deed. All physical land in Canada is the property of the Crown, Queen Elisabeth II. There is no provision in the Canada Act, or in the Constitution Act 1982 which amends it, for any Canadian to own any physical land in Canada. All that Canadians may hold, in conformity with medieval and feudal law, is “an interest in an estate in land in fee simple”. Land defined as ‘Crown land’ in Canada, and administered by the Federal Government and the Provinces, is merely land not ‘dedicated’ or assigned in freehold tenure. Freehold is tenure, not ownership. Freehold land is ‘held’ not ‘owned’. The majority of all lands in Canada are held by governments in the name of the monarch and are called Crown Lands. About 89% of Canada’s land area (8,886,356 km²) is Crown Land. Notice the word “held” by governments, meaning they do not own it, and in the name of the monarch, which is Queen Elizabeth II.
Queen Elizabeth II is no mere figurehead…
The World’s 15 Biggest Landowners
The world’s total land mass consists of 36.8 billion acres of inhabitable land.
An incredible 21 percent of this land is owned by a short list of landowners, according to The New Statesman.
Of course that includes the Queen of England, who nominally owns places like Canada and Australia. The list also includes American billionaires like Ted Turner and the Irving family.
#15 Ted Turner
Land: Acreage totaling over 2 million. In The United States, he owns thousands of square miles of hunting grounds in Georgia and Montana. He also has roughly 11,000 acres of land in the Patagonia region of Argentina.
Background: Turner, an iconic America entrepreneur founded the Turner Broadcasting System that launched CNN and several others before being sold to Time Warner for yet another Turner fortune. The eccentric Turner is an avowed outdoorsman and has acquired land to use in his passion for fishing and hunting.
#14 Sheik Hamad Bin Khalifa of Qatar
Land: Basically… Qatar. The King owns the country and all 4,415 miles of it.
Background: Bin Khalifa has a been a modernizing voice and Western-friendly face in the Middle East since taking the throne in 1995.
#13 James, Arthur and John Irving
Land: The approximately 3.6 million acres of land held in Maine, New Brunswick and Nova Scotia make the Irvings the largest landowners in those states and provinces.
Background: As heirs to the J.D. Irving Group of Companies fortune, the three Canadian brothers also inherited thousands of square miles of forest land that the company uses as paper and pulp materials in one part of their very diversified business portfolio.
#12 King Mswati of Swaziland
Land: All 6,704 square miles of Swaziland.
Background: One of the last “Absolute Monarchs” in the world, King Mswati quite literally owns all of his Southern African nation. There are no land titles or deeds as the national law dictates that the throne is the sole landowner.
#11 Emir of Kuwait
Land: 4.4 million of the roughly 7 million of acres that make up the nation of Kuwait.
Background: The Emir is an inheritor to the throne of Kuwait and has managed to hold onto the country, and his own land with periodic help from U.S. intervention. Part of the land that the Emir does not control is American military property that serves as the largest American base in the region.
#10 King Letsie 111 of Lesotho
Land: All 11,718 square miles of Lesotho, including the country’s diamond mines.
Background: King Letsie is his second stint as Lesotho’s monarch after being replaced by his exiled father and then being deposed upon his return, then taking the throne again after his old man’s death less than a year later. And while the monarchy in Lesotho is mostly ceremonial, Letsie retains legal title over the nation’s lands.
#9 King Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck of Bhutan
Land: All 15,000 agriculturally lush and unique square miles of his Kingdom of Bhutan.
Background: The former student of Philips Andover Academy was coronated in 2008 and has been the force behind Bhutan nascent democratization.
#8 King Abdullah II of Jordan
Land: All 35,637 square miles of The Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan, one of the very few members of both The Arab League and The World Trade Organization.
Background: The heir to his father, the wildly popular King Hussein, and onetime extra on Star Trek: The Next Generation, is one of The United States’ most loyal allies in the region and is currently facing his own realities of the upheavals throughout the Middle East.
#7 King Gyanendra of Nepal
Land: The 57,000 miles that make up Nepal, meaning that he also, technically owns Mount Everest.
Background: Despite the country’s move to a Maoist Republic political structure in the 1990’s, the royal family retains nominal ownership of all Nepal. Gyandera is a titular head of state but antithetically friendly with the socialist government.
#6 Sultan Qaboos of Oman
Land: The mostly desert nation of Oman, which also includes the ports along the Coast of Sur, a major point of entry for trade in the region. Also, that awesome chair.
Background: Qaboos is the ruler of Oman and the head of its military. He is a fairly Westernized leader in the context of his neighbors, even allowing women to serve in his cabinet, referred to as the “Diwan.”
#5 King Bhumibhol of Thailand
Land: All, approximately, 128 million acres of Thailand including its tourist-friendly coast line and economically strong cities.
Background: Bhumibhol has been King since 1950, 11 years after the country changed its name from Siam to Thailand.
He is the longest serving monarch in Asia and so popular is he in Thailand that a rumor of decline to his health caused a shock to the nation’s financial markets in 2009.
# 4 King Mohammed VI of Morocco
Land: The 175.6 million acres of Morocco, the historically key point of trading between Europe and Africa, which has retained a rather healthy economy throughout the turbulent 20th and early 21st Centuries.
Background: Mohammed is the first major proponent of democracy in the the history of a monarchy that dates back to the year 1036. His ownership of Morocco’s lands and his inherited fortune have led to estimates of his entire wealth being estimated at around $2 billion.
#3 Pope Francis
Land: The 110 acres of The Holy See that constitute Vatican City. Also, roughly 177 million more acreage of various lands owned by the Catholic Church throughout the globe, including the hundreds of Vatican embassies that are legally titled to The Holy See as an independent nation.
#2 King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia
Land: Absolute royal control over the oil-rich 830,000 square miles of The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and a total GDP that was estimated at roughly $618 billion for last year.
Background: The heir to the throne of his father, King Fahd, Abdullah has continued his father’s dance of diplomacy with the U.S. over rights to Saudi oil. His recent dealings with a popular uprising at home have thrown oil prices into turmoil.
#1 Queen Elizabeth II
Land: 6.6 billion acres of land worldwide including Great Britain, Northern Ireland, Canada, Australia and a few other spots here and there. Also, the all-important Falkland Islands.
Background: England’s third (and most likely soon to be second) longest serving monarch, Elizabeth II retains royal title over The British Commonwealth and as such manages to keep her face on money throughout the globe.
With her 6.6 billion acres, Elizabeth II is far and away the world’s largest landowner, with the closest runner-up (King Abdullah) holding control over a mere 547 million, or about 12% of the lands owned by Her Majesty, The Queen.