Texas

14 W.T. Waggoner Estate 520,000 acres

Texas boasts thousands of cattle operations, but none, not even King Ranch, can match the Waggoner’s brag: “the nation’s largest ranch under one fence.” Established in 1849 by Dan Waggoner, the contiguous parcel now encompasses more than 800 square miles.

Posted in Texas

22 – Fasken Family – 300,000 acres

The Faskens were lucky enough to settle in West Texas before oil and gas were discovered in the Permian Basin. Their holdings now span Midland, Ector, Andrews, and Martin counties, and they own additional acreage in Culberson and Reeves counties,

Posted in Texas

27 – True Family – 255,000 acres

Established in 1957 with the purchase of Wyoming’s Double Four Ranch at the foot of Laramie Peak, the True family has since expanded its holdings to include seven ranches, two farms, and two feedlots. They run Angus, Black Baldy, Charolais,

Posted in Texas

26 – Jones Heirs – 255,000 acres

The Joneses are tight-lipped about their South Texas landholdings, but previous reports show the family owning more than 250,000 acres. The accumulation of land started more than a century ago with William Whitby Jones, and now continues with A.C. Jones

Posted in Texas

23 – Jeff Bezos – 290,000 acres

Amazon.com founder Bezos, 44, is a regular on the Forbes 400. His $8.7 billion fortune (Forbes’s 2008 estimate) enables him to fund a space flight company called Blue Origin. The company tested its first developmental vehicle in November 2006. The

Posted in Texas

33 – Koch Family – 230,000 acres

Dixie cups, Brawny paper towels, Stainmaster carpet—these are a few of the consumer products produced by Koch Industries, one of the world’s largest privately held companies. Among the family’s holdings are the Matador Cattle Company in Texas and another 92,000

Posted in Kansas, Missouri, Texas

31 – D.K. Boyd – 243,437 acres

A Lubbock oilman, Boyd acquired the 137,372-acre Frying Pan Ranch in 1996 and the 106,065-acre LE Ranch in 1998. The two cattle ranches are among the most historic in the West Texas/Southeast New Mexico region and date back to the

Posted in New Mexico, Texas
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