Investing in Agriculture – Farming Secrets Interview With George Bravante


Investing in Agriculture – Farming Secrets Interview With George Bravante

This week we interview George Bravante and get some behind the scenes farming secrets. Investing in agriculture is not for everyone, but it is a great under appreciated asset class that some of the wealthiest people in the world invest in. Bill Gates is one of the worlds wealthiest people, who made this fortune in technology. Yet he is also one of the largest land owners in the US. Why would he do that? We discuss why you should consider having at least some farmland in your portfolio.

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Today's Guest:  George Bravante

George has spent the last 20 years building a vertically integrated farming business. In the early 1990’s he started with a small vineyard and winery development in the Napa Valley of California. This initial taste of farming ignited a new passion for agriculture and investing in the San Joaquin Valley. In the past 20 years Bravante Farm Capital has acquired over $175 million in agricultural assets including, citrus, table grapes, wine grapes, stone fruit and pistachios.

Before founding Bravante Farm Capital, He spent 10 years in the real estate private equity business as the President of Colony Advisors, Inc. Prior to Colony George was the President of American Real Estate Group where he led the managed liquidation of $15 billion in real estate assets of the then failed American Savings Bank. Before his time in private equity, he worked for Ernst & Young. He graduated from the University of South Carolina in 1982 with a Bachelor of Science degree in accounting. George currently serves on the board of directors of Sabre Corporation and of the KBS Growth & Income REIT. 

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Today's Panelists

Barbara Friedberg | Barbara Friedberg Personal Finance
Douglas Heagren |  Pro College Planners

Kirk Chisholm  | Innovative Advisory Group

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