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2011 Land Report 100: No. 60-69

No. 60 Cogdell Family 160,000 acres 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

2011 Land Report 100: No. 60-69

No. 60 Cogdell Family

160,000 acres

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

160,000 acres

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

155,000 acres

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

153,000 acres

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

152,000 acres

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

150,000 acres

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

150,000 acres

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

150,000 acres

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

150,000 acres

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

150,000 acres

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.

 

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One comment on “2011 Land Report 100: No. 60-69

  1. Do this landowners have their own netsites?

    I have my self made a list over the 20 largest private landowners in Norway:
    NO. 1-10 – http://storgaardogvilla.wordpress.com/2011/05/30/storste-private-grunneiere-del-1/
    NO. 11-20 – http://storgaardogvilla.wordpress.com/2011/05/31/storste-private-grunneiere-del-2/

    The area units are in decare (daa).

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