In Part - 1 we are given an indepth examination of landownership from the beginning of history to the present day. This provides estimates of the land owned by the Papacy, the Islamic Mosque trusts and the Buddhist and Hindu religions (Chapter 5). It examines the land holdings of the 26 largest landholders on earth (Chapter 3), and how 60% of Europe is owned by the aristocracy, who also get 60% of the EU annual agricultural subsidy of €48,000 million (Chapter 4)
Part - 2 examines land ownership in each one of the world’s 197 states or countries and 66 major territories, with a page for each country and territory.
A master of many rich lists, local, national and international Kevin Cahill opens his book with the observation that:
Poverty and wealth are not, as is often thought, opposites. Instead the two words predicate a problem, which is poverty, and indicate its solution, which is wealth. Land, that upon which we all stand, is the single most common characteristic of wealth worldwide. … And the commonest characteristic of the poor of the planet is the opposite, landlessness.
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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 with114 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
|Queen Elizabeth II||6,600 million acres|
|King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia||553 million acres|
|King Bhumibol of Thailand||126 million acres|
|King Mohammed IV of Morocco||113 million acres|
|Sultan Quaboos of Oman||76 million acres|
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Part 1 - A narrative analysis of land and race over a 10,000 year period.Chapters:
- Of wealth and poverty, of Kings and Queens, of power and land, of the planet and the race: The major themes of the book are outlined and summarised.
- The largest landowner on earth-by far, Queen Elizabeth II: The single individual who is the legal owner of about one sixth of the planets land, a total of 6,600 million acres.
- The next largest individual landowners, who lay legal claim to about one sixteenth of the land of the planet, about 2,000 million acres.
- The landowners of Europe, who get 60% of the EU agricultural subsidy of €48,000 million, who own 60% of Europe, but who constitute less than 0.2% of its population.
- The landholdings of the world’s 4 major religions; Christianity and Catholicism, Islam, Buddhism and Hinduism.
- The latest British Empire, the 4th or virtual Empire, with a history of its evolution from the preceding 1st, 2nd and 3rd empires.
- The 4th British Empire in the world: Extent of lands, and the power this confers in the modern international world.
- Ireland as analogy: Why the land holding citizens of the republic are serfs, not owners and how this fact was concealed from them in their own constitution. Lessons for post colonial states in Africa and Asia and newly independent states in Europe.
- The time line of landownership through history: In conjunction with Professor Powelson’s book The Story of Land (The Lincoln Institute).
- Landownership around the world: An examination of landownership in some countries through history.
- Breaking Braudel’s Bell Jar: A meditation on the work of Hernando de Soto, South America’s fourth liberator, after O’Higgins, San Martin and Bolivar. Further advances de Soto’s analysis of the failure of capitalism.
- Examines the 2nd or lost British Domesday of 1872-1876: Unlike the earlier Domesday of 1086, this 2nd Domesday records every landowner of over 1 acre in four countries, England, Scotland, Ireland & Wales. No similar book appears to exist in the world’s libraries. This one provides the starting line for the prosperity now occurring for 15% of the human race.
Part 2 - An individual survey of landownership in each of the world’s 197 countries and 66 major territories in 2006.Table of all the world’s countries with acreage, population and land availability. Includes a special section on those countries still in possession of territories, including the UK, France, the USA etc.
Approximately one page is provided per country. The examples of two American states - Alaska and Texas - give a flavour of the depth and detail of the information provided.
- The lands of the UK and its 16 territories and other connected lands.
- The lands of the countries of Africa
- The lands of the Americas (non USA)
- Landownership in the USA, state by state with tables of land availability and owners
- Antarctica. How it is owned
- The land of the countries of Asia
- The land of the countries of Europe
- The land of the countries of Oceania
Web Reference to the Above http://www.whoownstheworld.com/about-the-book/
Kevin James Cahill FRSA (born October 1944, Rathdowney, County Laois, Ireland) is an author and investigative journalist, living in Devon, England. He is Chair of the South West Region of the Royal Society of Arts (RSA), an elected Fellowship Councillor of the RSA and an elected Trustee of the RSA (one of the board of 12 trustees), a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society, a full professional Fellow of the British Computer Society and a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society.
 Early careerCahill was educated at Rockwell College, Cashel, County Tipperary, in Ireland, and the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst. He was commissioned by Queen Elizabeth II in July 1965 and served as a platoon commander in Aden, Bahrain, and Northern Ireland, leaving the army in 1968. He attended the (new) University of Ulster as a mature student from 1972 to 1975. He was Chairman of the Union and left with an honours degree (BA) in English Literature. At university he won (with Michael Hughes) the Irish Times National Debating Championship. His operetta (translator Aine Ní Currain) Dado won the main award at three of the four provincial drama festivals and opened the national drama festival in Dublin in 1975. At the University, he was a friend of Professor Boris Bratus, Marshall Zukhov's German translator in Germany in 1945.
Cahill later worked as a systems analyst at Farrington Data, Rank Xerox, Glaxo Ltd, Gulf Oil UK, and Singer & Friedlander merchant bank. He finished his professional career in computers as a project manager at International Computers Limited.
 JournalismIn 1979 he became a full-time journalist. Starting with Computer Weekly as International and Finance Editor, then went to Computer News as Deputy Editor. He was associated with various other computer magazines including Nikkei Computer and Asia Computer Monthly. In 1988, he moved to work on the Sunday Times Rich List with Dr Philip Beresford and stayed at the ST in various capacities, including a major stint on Insight, until 1990. His front page lead article on taxation (with Chris Blackhurst, editor of Insight) on Sunday 21 October 1990 changed UK legislation on taxation.
He has written for the New Statesman and Country Life, has appeared on Despatches for Channel 4, and is Bureau Chief at the Global & Western News Bureau in Exeter, Devon.
 PoliticsCahill has been a part time Research Assistant to Paddy (now Lord) Ashdown in the House of Commons of the United Kingdom. He also worked for the Chairman of the Parliamentary All Party Human Rights Committee in the House of Lords. He is now a special advisor to Professor the Lord Laird of Artigarvan in the House of Lords.
He has advised many politicians including:
- Hon Richard Burke former European Commission Vice President
- Gordon Brown on offshore taxation in 1993
- Robin Cook on the Scott Inquiry in 1995.
 Airey Neave assassination: theories about the murderKevin Cahill has written that, prior to his assassination in 1979, Conservative MP Airey Neave was on the verge of a massive overhaul of the security services, possibly involving a merger of MI5 and MI6 and arising from his belief in corruption in the security services. Cahill suggests a link between Neave's murder and Sir Richard Sykes' murder and the attempted murder of Christopher Tugendhat in December 1980. Cahill claims that Neave would have been head of the combined security services with Sykes and Tugendhat as his deputies, with Sykes responsible for foreign operations and Tugendhat responsible for home operations.
Cahill had a conversation with Neave on St. Patrick's Day 1979 in the foyer of the Irish embassy in London. Cahill had left a party and was waiting for a taxi. He saw Neave in the room and introduced himself to him as an admirer, having read Neave's books. Cahill claims that Neave was somewhat inebriated and responded "quite out of the blue" by saying words to the effect that "There are going to be changes here, big changes, soon. There is going to be cleaning of the stables.... There has been serious corruption". Neave then said that there was "no use playing games. We have to win.... We will win when the [corruption] is sorted out. Count on that". Cahill found Neave's remarks surprising because he seemed internally preoccupied with the UK, with his Northern Ireland brief "almost a sideline". Cahill also thought that Neave's mention of corruption meant Soviet penetration.
Whilst working in the House of Commons as Paddy Ashdown's research assistant Cahill claims to have had a number of conversations with the security staff there. The most frequent remark was that "everyone knew" the story behind Neave's death but that no one could talk about it in detail because it would have been too dangerous. Cahill claims they did not believe INLA murdered Neave but that it was an "inside job".
 BooksHe has written several books on differing topics:
- Trade Wars, WH Allen (hardback 1986, paperback 1987)
- Technology and business
- The Principles of Business Systems (1970)
- Trade Wars (1986/87)
- Land and property
- Who Owns Britain (2001/2002)
- Who Owns The World (2006, 2nd printing 2007.US edition 2009)
 Who Owns the WorldIn his 2006 book, Who Owns the World: The Hidden Facts Behind Landownership, Kevin Cahill notes that 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 6,600 million acres (2.7×1013 m2) in 32 countries.  For those unfamiliar with royalty, the Crown is never separate from the individual who holds it but is as one with them. Her Majesty the Queen is the Crown while she is Queen, and she loses neither her personality nor her individuality while she is monarch. In all territories owned by the Crown, including Australia, New Zealand and the United Kingdom, the governments of those countries do not own the land of the country, but may and frequently do administer it on behalf of its owner, HM Elizabeth II. More significantly all forms of land possession in those territories are based, formally and in law, on the Crown's superior ownership. This is why the Land Registry in places like the United Kingdom, Canada and Australia cannot register land ownership, only tenure. This is also why freehold and leasehold are defined in law as forms of tenure, not ownership.
Cahill also noted that of all the countries in the world that he looked at over a several year period, the only major country in which ownership of land was clearly defined as belonging to the citizens who had paid for it was the United States This is sometimes called 'allodial' ownership but is a changed meaning of that word. Originally 'allodial' meant land that could not be bought or sold or have a debt attached to it. Countries which have a form of direct ownership, even if it is not clear in their respective constitutions, include Germany, Switzerland, France, possibly Spain and in the future, Russia. In the United States the Federal Government owns about one third of the land of the country. But it does so as a landowner on a legal par with any other landowner and without a superior right to any land other than that endorsed on deeds as the property of the Federal Government. As a government the Federal Authorities and other public bodies do possess the right, sometimes called 'eminent domain', to acquire privately owned land for public purposes.
 Business Age Magazine, 2001In the October 2001 Business Age Magazine (p18), Kevin Cahill wrote about the economy of Cornwall. In "The Killing of Cornwall", he notes that HM Treasury in London extracts £1.95 billion in taxes out of Cornwall's GDP of £3.6 billion. The Treasury returns less than £1.65 billion, so there is a net loss to Cornwall of 300 million pounds, where the total earnings figure is 24% below the national average. Cornwall is getting poorer by the day, and Cahill offers this explanation: "One very simple and easily provable answer is because the Government in London is raping Cornwall fiscally. The fiscal deficit of over £300 million all but completely explains the increasing pace of impoverishment in Cornwall." Cahill concludes his Business Age article with the lament that Cornwall will not recover until the gap between the tax take and the exchequer give is at least neutralised and better still, reversed. The magazine ceased publication in 2002.
- Board member/kevin-cahill Photo and biography, RSA
- Who Owns the World website
- Who Owns Britain and Ireland website
- Who Owns Britain book review
|Alternative names||Caoimin S O' Catail|
|Short description||Author and journalist|
|Date of birth||October, 1944|
|Place of birth||Rathdowney, Co Laois, Republic of Ireland|
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