It also includes 20,000 acres in Nebraska, where farmers grow soybeans. | 22 Words

The potatoes that make McDonald's iconic fries are reportedly grown on farmland owned by Bill Gates.

Bill Gates, the 4th richest person in the world, owns the farmland where the potatoes for McDonald's french fries grow, NBC reports.

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The crops are said to be so vast, they can be seen from space.

Gates is said to be America's biggest owner of private farmland.

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According to updated numbers from NBC, Gates owns 269,000 acres of farmland across eighteen states.

The farmland is believed to have been purchased through a host of companies that all link to the couple's investment group, Cascade Investments.

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Gates' farmland includes 70,000 acres in north Louisiana, where farmland grows the likes of soybeans, cotton and rice, NBC reported, referring to data by The Land Report and its own research.

It also includes 20,000 acres in Nebraska, where farmers grow soybeans.

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The potatoes used for McDonalds fries are grown in Washington where Gates owns more than 14,000 acres of farmland.

This news comes just a month after Gates announced he and his wife, Melinda, are getting divorced after twenty-seven years of marriage.

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The pair announced the news of their divorce on Twitter, writing:

"Over the last twenty-seven years, we have raised three incredible children and built a foundation that works all over the world to enable all people to lead healthy, productive lives. We continue to share a belief in that mission and will continue our work together at the foundation, but we no longer believe we can grow together as a couple in the next phase of our lives."