Billionaire Wilderness

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Authors: Justin Farrell
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  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Princeton University Press; Reprint edition (March 2, 2021)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Paperback ‏ : ‎ 392 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 0691217122
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-0691217123

A revealing look at the intersection of wealth, philanthropy, and conservation

Billionaire Wilderness takes you inside the exclusive world of the ultra-wealthy, showing how today's richest people are using the natural environment to solve the existential dilemmas they face. Justin Farrell spent five years in Teton County, Wyoming, the richest county in the United States, and a community where income inequality is the worst in the nation. He conducted hundreds of in-depth interviews, gaining unprecedented access to tech CEOs, Wall Street financiers, and other prominent figures in business and politics. He also talked with the rural poor who live among the ultra-wealthy and often work for them. The result is a penetrating account of the far-reaching consequences of the massive accrual of wealth and a troubling portrait of a changing American West where romanticizing rural poverty and conserving nature can be lucrative, socially as well as financially.


"Winner of the Spur Award for Best Western Contemporary Nonfiction, Western Writers of America"

"Finalist for the Reading the West Book Award in Adult Narrative Nonfiction"

"One of Amazon's Best Books of 2020 in Business and Leadership"


"Excellent and inspiring."―Nathan Deuel, Los Angeles Times

"Illuminating and provocative."
―Nick Romeo, Daily Beast

"One of the most fascinating and important portraits of modern American life."
―Dylan Schleicher, Porchlight

"Farrell has done a massive amount of research in this absorbing study of the ultra-rich and their effect on the community."
―Sandra Dallas, Denver Post

About the Author

Justin Farrell is a professor at Yale University in the School of the Environment. Twitter @J_Farrell