No. 60 Cogdell Family
D.M. Cogdell Sr. began ranching in Texas in the early 1900s, and his sons D.M. Junior and Billy continued his legacy. Today the best-known portion of the empire they created is the 160,000-acre Tule Ranch in the Texas Panhandle, which belongs to Billy’s children.
No. 60 Leo Drey Foundation
St. Louis businessman and conservationist Leo Drey accumulated large swaths of forestland in Missouri in an effort to protect and preserve them from clear-cutting. Today much of that land owned by the not-for-profit L-A-D Foundation, after Drey donated the fee titles.
No. 62 Fanjul Family
The Fanjul family owns the largest organic farm in Florida. Its privately owned Florida Crystals practices the highest standards of sustainable agriculture in growing its crops of sugar cane, rice, and corn in rotation. “Sustainable farming is of the utmost importance, because the cornerstone of successful farming is protecting the land,” says Chairman and CEO Alfonso Fanjul.
No. 63 Hearst Family
The Hearst family’s ranches include the Piedra Blanca Rancho (upon which sits the famous Hearst Castle) and the Jack Ranch, both in California. The ranches have become known for exclusively grass-fed beef, and practice well-managed grazing in order to preserve the condition of the coastal prairie and native grasslands.
No. 64 Ellison Family
Ellison Ranching Company was established in 1910 and celebrated its centennial last year. The family’s holdings include a number of Nevada ranches, including the Spanish Ranch, where headquarters are located, and the 71 Ranch.
No. 65 Bass Family
Family patriarch Sid Richardson was a larger-than-life character whose immense fortune earned him the nickname “The Billionaire Bachelor.” Richardson’s great-nephews — Bob, Ed, Lee, and Sid — are similarly talented. Although they are based in Fort Worth, their holdings are far-flung.
No. 65 Emily Garvey Bonavia
Emily Garvey Bonavia and the family’s Nevada First Corporation have ranching and timber operations in Nevada and Oregon. Conservation of the land is always top of mind, says Nevada First President Gary Bengochea.
No. 65 Boswell Family
The family’s J.G. Boswell Company has vast cropland in California, most of which is used to grow cotton and tomatoes. Smaller crops include wheat, sunflowers, and safflowers. CEO James W. Boswell represents the third generation of family leadership.
No. 65 Eddy Family
The family-owned Port Blakely Companies owns and manages operations in forestry, real estate, and forest products exports. The Pacific Northwest firm’s history reaches back over a century. In the past year, a new generation assumed leadership. Fourth-generation family member René Ancinas became CEO and is eager and committed to carrying forward the company’s legacy for future generations.
No. 65 William Henry Green Heirs
The family’s historic Green Ranch, headquartered in Albany, Texas, is a working cattle ranch still run by descendants of founder William Henry Green. The Green Ranch is known for its outstanding remuda as well as its cow-calf and stocker cattle operations.