Alberto Vollmer's sugar plantation and rum factory in Venezuela had been in his family for 200 years.
But as CNBC's Michelle Caruso-Cabrera reports, President Hugo Chavez's government took over a third of Vollmer's land 18 months ago in the name of his "socialist revolution."
Caruso-Cabrera, who has been reporting from Venezuela all week, says this is just one example of the dramatic changes taking place in Venezuelan society.
As Caruso-Cabrera explains, Chavez has the private sector wondering what he will "appropriate" next.
In a speech earlier this month, Chavez promised to nationalize Venezuela's oil refineries, utilities and the nation's largest telecommunications company. He's just announced plans to require commercial banks in the country to pay some of their profits toward his social programs. And the land that Vollmer lost is part of a Chavez plan to take land that in his words, "is not properly utilized." This goes not only for land, but for homes and businesses as well.