Who Owns the World
is the first ever compilation of landowners and landownership structures in every single one of the world’s 197 states and 66 territories. It covers the history of landownership as far as written history will allow and shows the division of landownership in every region of the globe.
Packed with revelatory information, the book:
* identifies the person who owns the largest proportion of the world’s land and documents that person’s landholdings;
* provides details of the next 25 top landowners;
* reveals that aristocratic families own over 60 per cent of Europe’s land mass and 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 the landownership structure of all the countries of the British Commonwealth;
* contains a complete survey of the historic record of landownership, starting in Mesopotamia/Iraq in 8000 BC;
* lists many of the world’s great Domesdays, going back to the earliest, in Ptolemaic Egypt;
* includes an analysis of the legal structures that have reduced 85 per cent of the earth’s population to serfdom.
This is a breathtaking tome of huge political, economic and social importance. It will revolutionise our understanding of our planet, its history and its land.
Kevin Cahill was born in Rathdowney, Co. Laois, in the Irish Republic, and now lives in Devon, in the UK, with his wife, Ros. They have three grown-up daughters. A former army officer, Kevin has worked in the House of Commons, the House of Lords, the Irish Parliament and the European Parliament as an adviser and researcher. He is the author of a number of books on business, trade and landownership and was a researcher on the original Sunday Times