No. 71 David Murdock
The 91-year-old Dole Food CEO has built a fortune, and not just by selling pineapples. Murdock’s privately held Castle & Cooke is heavily invested in real estate development in Hawaii and California.
No. 72 Wells Family
Established just prior to the turn of the 20th century by Thomas Wells, the family’s Rush Creek Land & Livestock stretches out over eight counties in Nebraska. It’s still run as a working cow-calf operation. The family also raises alfalfa and grass hay for feed and runs a commercial hunting program.
No. 73 L-A-D Foundation
In 1962, St. Louis businessman Leo Drey organized the foundation and got things going by making sizable donations of land in the Missouri Ozark Highlands. Today, the L-A-D Foundation owns significant tracts in Southeast Missouri. Most recently, it negotiated a small but critical addition to its Ball Mill Resurgence tract along Blue Spring Branch, which provides protection of the streamside and bottomlands along the stream’s banks. L-A-D is now working with the Mark Twain National Forest to preserve the resources of the valley.
No. 74 Gerald J. Ford
The chairman of Dallas-based Hilltop Holdings, Ford owns Rio Hondo Land & Cattle Co., New Mexico-based Diamond A Ranch, and Kentucky’s Diamond A Farm. Ford’s runner Pleasantly Perfect won the 2003 Breeders’ Cup Classic and the 2004 Dubai World Cup and retired as the fourth-winningest runner with $7,789,880. Pleasantly Perfect now stands at Lane’s End and is the sire of Rapid Redux, winner of a record 22 straight races.
No. 75 Stefan Soloviev
Soloviev’s Crossroads Agriculture, which he established in 1999, was originally set up to produce, purchase, and store cash wheat in the Wichita area. Soloviev subsequently developed a large-scale cow-calf operation in New Mexico between Portales and Roswell, where he has acquired three large tracts. The New York City native’s SS brand is increasingly recognized throughout the Southwest. His latest endeavor is the Payne Mountain Wind Farm Project northwest of Austin. Read more about this innovative landowner in Nancy Myers’s in-depth profile in the Winter 2013 issue of The Land Report.
No. 76 Patrick Broe
In 2014, Broe sold his largest holding, New Mexico’s 457-square-mile Great Western Ranch, to D.R. Horton (No. 32 on the 2014 Land Report 100). The 292,779-acre ranch included 176,805 deeded acres and 115,974 acres of leased land. Jeff Buerger of Hall and Hall represented Broe.
No. 77 Harrison Family
Almost a century ago, Dan Harrison partnered with legendary Houston oilman Jim Abercrombie. Working in tandem, the two ended up discovering Texas’s Old Ocean Field southwest of Houston in Brazoria County. Dan Jr. made a name for himself as a breeder of champion Quarter Horses. He registered his first with the AQHA in 1941. In 2010, Royal Dutch Shell wrote Dan III a check for $1 billion plus a share of the royalties on future oil and gas production from the family’s 100,000-acre South Texas ranch, which is perched atop the Eagle Ford Shale.
No. 77 Lane Family
In the 1960s, Montana natives Tom and Robert Lane formed Lane Brothers Cattle Co. Tom traded cattle and land throughout Montana, while Robert ran the home ranch. Today, third-generation members of the family manage the still-growing enterprise.
No. 77 Don Oppliger
140,000 acres | new to LR100
Based in Amarillo, The Oppliger Companies are a diversified agribusiness operation that operates in Texas, New Mexico, and Nebraska. Among their holdings are a dairy, four large-scale feedlots, more than 50,000 acres of irrigated farmland, and four ranches across the Nebraska Plains.