37.5% of the Earth is owned by 147 states.
21% of the Earth is owned by 26 people.
Queen Elizabeth II is the legal owner of one sixth of the land on the Earth’s surface, more than any other individual or nation. This amounts to a total of 6.6 billion acres (27 million km²) in 32 countries.
41% of the Earth is owned by 1% or less of the population on Earth.
85% of the Earth’s population own nothing.
Source: Kevin Cahill, “Who Owns the World: The Hidden Facts Behind Landownership”
Who Owns the World is the first ever compilation of landowners and landownership structures in every single one of the world’s 191 states and 41 territories. The book is divided into two parts: the first covers the history of landownership as far as written history will allow, while the second shows the division of landownership in every region of the world. Packed with revelatory information, the book: · identifies the person who owns the largest proportion of the world’s land and documents their landholdings; · provides details of the next 50 top landowners and lists the next 1,000 thereafter; · reveals the 100 most prominent aristocratic families who own over 60 per cent of Europe’s land mass and who receive most of the EC’s agricultural subsidy allowance; · documents the vast landholdings of the four largest religious groups: the Catholic Church and the other Christian churches, the Islamic trusts and the temple possessions of the Hindus and Buddhists; · details in a special individual section the lands owned by the British Commonwealth; · contains a complete survey of the historic record of landownership, starting in Mesopotamia/Iraq in 8,000 BC; · lists many of the world’s great Domesdays, going back to the earliest in Ptolemaic Egypt; and · includes an analysis of the legal structures that have reduced 95 per cent of the earth’s population to serfdom. Who Owns the World is a breathtaking tome of huge political, economic and social importance. It is set to revolutionise our understanding of our planet, its history and its land.