Fourteen overseas companies operate 27 subsidiaries in the state. The typical parent company has been in business since
1954, employs 23,500 people, and has an annual revenue of $10.03bil. The 27 subsidiaries function in 50 different
industries; slightly more than 40% of the firms function in the livestock industry. The question is whether foreign
business investments will displace the “local” farmer. Using risk computations from modern finance theory, I
conclude that foreign business takeover of Illinois agricultural land is unlikely to happen.