Michael Hintze buys another Queensland farm for $9 million

Michael Hintze buys another Queensland farm for $9 million
Michael Hintze buys another Queensland farm for $9 million

Expatriate Australian billionaire Michael Hintze has spent some small change to buy another Queensland sugar cane farm.

The $9 million bought the 457 hectare parcel from Sugar Water Pty Ltd.

The London-based hedge fund founder has amassed one of Australia's biggest farm portfolios, with acquisitions totalling about 50,000 hectares since 2007.

His private pension funder, MHPF, has spent about $142 million on the land and water purchases.

His Queensland sugar cane farms purchases marked a shift away from its 15 acquisitions in NSW, which include mixed farming of wool, prime lambs, cattle and winter cropping.

Hintze's buying spree began when he spent $12.5 million for a Breadalbane property in July 2007.

He is the founder and senior investment officer of CQS Management, a London-based hedge fund with assets of $US10.5 billion.

Trained as an engineer, he is a well-known philanthropist, with beneficiaries including the University of Sydney and the Vatican's Victoria and Albert Museum. 

His name has been in the British headlines for the past few months given the vote for Britain to leave Europe.

Rare with his public pronouncements, Hintze has said he was not just looking for capital gain from the properties. He says he seeks solid returns on production.

Jonathan Chancellor

Jonathan Chancellor

Jonathan Chancellor is one of our authors. Jonathan has been writing about property since the early 1980s and is editor-at-large of Property Observer.

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