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Bill Gates Bets Big on ‘Big Green’

Posted on: 3:57 pm, August 10, 2011, by , updated on: 03:00pm, March 20, 2012

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Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates has bet much of the farm on Deere and Company.His investment firm, Cascade Investment LLC, became the largest shareholder in the Moline-based ag giant, purchasing a 5% stake Wednesday, according to a filing with the U.S. Securities & Exchange Commission (SEC).
Cascade’s investment, according to the filing, was roughly $1.4 billion at current prices, or almost 21 million shares.

Deere is scheduled to report results next Wednesday.

Its stock closed Wednesday night at 67.99, down 4.14% after dropping 2.94.