Billionaire Bill Gates reportedly shopped for “hundreds of acres of farmland” in Turkey while vacationing aboard a superyacht that emits an estimated 19 tons of CO2 a day before heading to the climate conference in Scotland.
The founder of Microsoft, worth $138 billion according to Forbes, surveyed the country while traveling to Turkey last week for his 66th birthday, where he and Amazon founder Jeff Bezos celebrated the coast on a gas-guzzling ship.
“He wants to create a big sustainable farm in Turkey,” a source told the New York Post.
Gates, 66, is already the largest owner of farmland in the US with approximately 242,000 acres in 18 states.
Bill Gates reportedly shopped for ‘hundreds of acres of farmland’ during a trip to Turkey for his birthday last week
Gates, the world’s fourth richest man, toured the coast on the 107-meter LANA, above, a superyacht that probably emits 19 tons of CO2 a day
The tech entrepreneur and philanthropist has come under criticism for his lavish lifestyle, which contributes to global CO2 emissions many times higher than the average person’s while championing eco-friendly initiatives.
Gates allegedly took Bezos and 50 guests by helicopter from the huge LANA yacht to a restaurant in the Turkish city of Fethiye for his birthday party last Thursday.
According to the Post and the Turkish newspaper, he had been on holiday off the coast of Turkey aboard the yacht for more than a week Hurriyet.
The 107-meter LANA has a master bedroom, seven VIP cabins, a cinema room and a large swimming pool on a sundeck, according to Imperial yachts in Monaco, which rents the ship for $2,110,500 a week.
Last week, Gates and about 50 guests, including Jeff Bezos, were flown by helicopter from the LANA to Sea Me beach in the southwestern province of Muğla in Turkey’s Fethiye district.
Gates celebrated his birthday at the restaurant for about four hours, according to local media
Gates is currently at the COP26 climate change conference in Glasgow and does not appear to have flown back to Turkey.
Representatives from Gates and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation did not immediately respond to requests for comment from DailyMail.com.
On Tuesday, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation announced it is committing $315 million “to help hundreds of millions of smallholder farmers adapt to a wave of climate threats that now threaten the global fight against hunger and poverty.”
The total commitment to CGIAR, formerly the Consultative Group for International Agricultural Research, now stands at approximately $1 billion.
With this new promise, CGIAR — which has been providing high-quality solutions to farmers in low-income countries for 50 years — has raised more than half a billion dollars by 2021 to develop a wide range of climate-smart innovations such as stress-tolerant crop varieties, climate forecasting services and new strategies for restoring degraded lands to improve productivity,” said the Gates Foundation.
Last week’s trip to Turkey, where Gates reportedly looked to land, was his second visit to the country in four months, according to the pro-government newspaper Daily Sabah.
There were rumors that he allegedly bought 22,000 hectares in the region of Thrace. His intention to buy land temporarily raised prices, the newspaper said.
“Landowners looking to cash in on the opportunity are trying to sell their land at exorbitant prices, especially to Turks abroad, with some trading up to 8,000 euros ($9,658.32) per plot,” the Turkish newspaper reported.
Speaking to British lawmaker Jeremy Hunt, Gates said he doubts the world will be able to meet the Paris Agreement’s goal of keeping global warming below 1.5 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels.
“It’s all a matter of degrees, so to speak. That is, hitting 2.5 is better than 3, hitting 2 is better than 2.5,” he said. video posted by Hunt on Twitter.
“1.5 … will be very difficult, I doubt we’ll make it.”
He added that there has been “no comparable feat humanity has ever achieved with what we need to do for climate change,” but admitted that humans as a whole are.much richer today, much more knowledgeable today – we have the digital tools that allow us to work on these things.
“What happened to solar panels, where they were very expensive and are now cheap, or lithium-ion batteries, we have to do that for about six other technologies.”
Gate’s acquisitions in Turkey would add to an already impressive land portfolio.
The tech billionaire has quietly bought up 242,000 acres of farmland in 18 states — and 268,984 multi-use land in a total of 19 states, making him the largest farmland owner in the U.S.
In 2014, Gates reportedly purchased more than 4,500 acres in Suwannee County, Florida, for nearly $28 million
In 2018, a “Louisiana investor,” later revealed as Gates, paid $171 million for a piece of farmland in the Horse Heaven Hill, one of the largest real estate purchases in recent history.
His largest holdings in the US include 69,071 acres in Louisiana, 47,927 acres in Arkansas, 25,750 acres in Arizona, 20,588 acres in Nebraska, and 16,097 acres in Washington state.
But even then, Gates still isn’t in the top 100 private landowners in the US — if we look at owners of all types of land, not just farmland.
The title for largest landholding goes to American businessman John Malone, chairman of Liberty Media, which owns 2.2 million acres.
Gates and Bezos are both eco-hypocrites for lecturing the world on the need to fight the climate crisis by reducing its carbon footprint, while vacationing together off the coast of Turkey on Gates’ rental superyacht “Lana.”
Superyachts emit 7,020 tons of carbon dioxide per year, or 19 tons per day.
Amazon founder Jeff Bezos and Gates have been criticized for their lavish lifestyles as they advocate for efforts to mitigate climate change
“A superyacht with a permanent crew, a helipad, submarines and swimming pools emits about 7,020 tons of CO2 per year…making it by far the worst asset to own from an environmental perspective,” Richard Wilk and Beatriz Barros of the University of Indiana’s Department of Anthropology told the New York Post.
Wilk said the average person’s CO2 emissions in a year are between 5 and 10 tons.
Bezos, now the richest man in the world, flew his $65 million private jet from the Gulf Stream to Glasgow on Monday.
The Amazon boss — who regularly lectures the world on climate change — reached Gates’ boat by helicopter, according to reports.
It is unclear when Mr Gates arrived at Cop26, or what his method of transportation was.
However, his superyacht was spotted at anchor off the coast of Mugla, a province in southwestern Turkey, on Tuesday.