Land Report 100

Simplot Family: 2017 Land Report 100 sponsored by LandLeader

No. 25 Simplot Family 443,000 acres Jack Simplot (1909–2008) quit school and left home in eighth grade. In the 1940s, he pioneered the frozen french fry. At one time the exclusive french fry supplier to McDonald’s, Simplot later expanded his

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Posted in Agriculture, Cattle, Farming, Feature, Idaho, Land Report 100, Nevada, Oregon, Pacific, Washington, West

The Scharbauer Family

In our inaugural Land Report 100 (right), Midland’s Scharbauers ranked No. 78 with 113,532 acres. It was the highest the family would ever rank on our list. The reason, of course, had nothing to do with the prominent West Texans.

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Posted in Equestrian, Feature, Land Report 100, Southwest, Texas

McDonald Family: 2017 Land Report 100 sponsored by LandLeader

No. 24 McDonald Family 474,000 acres (up 64,000 acres) Based in the Birmingham suburb of Mountain Brook, this Alabama family concentrates the vast majority of their holdings (some 300,000-plus acres) in Maine via Great Northwoods LLC. The McDonalds also own

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Posted in Alabama, Energy, Feature, Land Report 100, Maine, Minerals, Northeast, Residential Property, South, Timber

D.R. Horton: 2017 Land Report 100 sponsored by LandLeader

No. 23 D.R. Horton 503,000 acres Donald Horton founded and chairs the country’s largest new home builder, D.R. Horton, which is based in Fort Worth. In his spare time, Horton acquires ranches in the desert Southwest. Most recently, Horton added

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Posted in Agriculture, Cattle, Equestrian, Feature, Land Report 100, New Mexico, Recreation, Residential Property, Southwest, Texas

Westervelt Heirs: 2017 Land Report 100 sponsored by LandLeader

No. 22 Westervelt Heirs 518,000 acres (up 41,000-acres) Founded in 1884 as Prairie States Paper Company by Herbert Westervelt, the family-owned company is based in Tuscaloosa and currently operates in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Mississippi, and South Carolina. Business divisions include

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Posted in Arkansas, Conservation, Feature, Georgia, Hunting, Land Report 100, Mississippi, Recreation, South, South Carolina, Timber

Holland Ware: 2017 Land Report 100 sponsored by LandLeader

No. 21 Holland Ware 534,000 acres (BACK ON LIST) In 2010, the Georgia native confirmed to us that he owned more than 500,000 acres, “from Virginia to Texas.” Two years later, we were informed that Mr. Ware’s landholdings had decreased

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Posted in Feature, Land Report 100, Northeast, Southwest, Texas, Virginia

Stimson Family: 2017 Land Report 100 sponsored by LandLeader

No. 20 Stimson Family 552,000 acres (up 52,000 acres) One of the nation’s oldest forest products companies, Stimson Lumber Company pre-dates the Civil War. The Stimson family owns significant fir, pine, and cedar operations in Idaho, Montana, Oregon, and Eastern

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Posted in Feature, Idaho, Land Report 100, Montana, Oregon, Pacific, Timber, Washington, West

Martin Family: 2017 Land Report 100 sponsored by LandLeader

No. 18 Martin Family 570,000 acres Descendants of Roy Martin Sr. (1890–1973) still lead the family business, which operates in 32 parishes and owns 150,000 acres of bottomland hardwoods in addition to pine and hardwood forest. Click here to see

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Posted in Feature, Land Report 100, Louisiana, South, Timber

O’Connor Heirs: 2017 Land Report 100 sponsored by LandLeader

No. 17 O’Connor Heirs 587,000 acres (up 7,000 acres) Irish immigrant Thomas O’Connor, a.k.a. “The Texas Cattle King,” was awarded a 4,428-acre land grant in 1834 near present-day Victoria, and the family never looked back. The O’Connors still run cattle

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Posted in Agriculture, Cattle, Feature, Land Report 100, Southwest, Texas

Lykes Heirs: 2017 Land Report 100 sponsored by LandLeader

No. 15 Lykes Heirs 615,000 acres In the decade following the Civil War, Dr. Howell Lykes shuttered his medical practice to oversee the family farm in Florida’s Hernando County. In 1900, Lykes and his seven sons incorporated Lykes Bros. Inc.

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Posted in Agriculture, Cattle, Farming, Feature, Florida, Land Report 100, South, Southwest, Texas

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